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                                    BOARD
            COMPREHENSIVE AREA ASSESSMENT (CAA)/
               LOCALITY SELF EVALUATION (LSE)
                              Monday, 1 June 2009

1     Purpose

1.1   This paper presents for comment the first draft of the Locality Self Evaluation
      prepared for the Audit Commission to inform the Area Assessment element of
      CAA. It also takes the opportunity to inform the Board of a consultation paper
      into the joint CAA review procedure and invites comments.

2     Recommendations

2.1   The Board is recommended to:

      a)    note the attached draft Locality Self Evaluation and to either comment
            at the meeting or by email by 5 June;

      b)    delegate final approval of the report to the Walsall Partnership Director;

      c)    note the Audit Commission’s consultation paper into the joint
            Comprehensive Area Assessment review procedure and provide
            comments on the proposals.

3     Report Detail

3.1   Locality Self Evaluation

3.1.1 The last meeting of the Board agreed to prepare a Locality Self-Evaluation
      (LSE) in order to provide the Audit Commission with the Partnership’s view of
      progress in delivering improved outcomes in Walsall.

3.1.2 It was agreed that, in accordance with guidance produced by the Improvement
      and Development Agency, the LSE would look at trends and comparative data
      to verify the local priorities included in the Sustainable Community Strategy
      (SCS) and Local Area Agreement (LAA). It would consider how well outcomes
      are being delivered and whether there are sound processes to ensure future
      improvement. It would focus on the gaps to guide the development of future
      priorities.
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3.1.3 A first draft of the LSE is attached as Appendix 1. It should be noted that LAA
      performance data is still being assembled by the Council’s Corporate
      Performance Management Team but will be ready by the 5 June in time for
      inclusion in the final report. The document has been kept as brief as possible
      with electronic links provided to key documents and evidence referred to within
      it. These are picked out in italics in the attached draft.

3.1.4 The Board is asked to provide comments at the meeting or to the Partnership
      Director by email by 5 June and delegate to him approval of the final report.

3.2   Consultation into the joint CAA review procedure

3.2.1 Appendix 2 summarises proposals set out in a consultation into the joint CAA
      review procedure. These have been distributed to performance officers within
      Partner organisations and the consultation provides the opportunity for
      individual organisations to make comments direct to the Audit Commission.

3.2.2 The Board is asked whether it has any comments on the proposals.




Contact Officer:
Tim Ferguson, Head of Partnership and Performance
Tel: (01922) 652481
Email: fergusont@walsall.gov.uk




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APPENDIX 1: Draft Walsall Locality Self Evaluation

INTRODUCTION
This is Walsall’s first Locality Self Evaluation (LSE).

It has been prepared so that Partners are aware of current performance across the full range priority
outcomes for the Borough, to set out emerging issue and future challenges; and to identify any gaps
our future improvement plans need to address.

The LSE will inform the new Area Assessment element of CAA so this year it also takes stock of how
we have gone about setting our priorities and how we have developed some of the structures and
processes we use. In future years it will be place much greater emphasis on emerging issues and
gaps.


LOCAL NEEDS AND PRIORITIES
Developing Our Vision and Sustainable Community Strategy

The current vision for Walsall has been adopted by all Partners.

It was developed to guide the preparation of the Sustainable Community Strategy through a process
that included:

   an initial consultation ‘big event’ attended by all stakeholders;
   a series of detailed interviews with politicians, executives and community representatives;
   a feedback event to test the emerging vision;

The development of the Sustainable Community Strategy based on the new vision for the Borough
was led by a Steering Group comprising senior representatives of all key partner organisations. The
following process was adopted:

   Compilation of the priorities from Borough’s existing key strategies and plans;
   Analyses of data and trends, including findings from surveys of residents;
   Extensive consultation with politicians, Local Neighbourhood Partnerships and executives within
    the Partner organisations;
   A final questionnaire distributed to all 107000 households in the Borough.

How the LAA (and LAA Refresh) was developed

An open and inclusive process was applied across the Partnership to select our LAA indicators. We
adopted three criteria to guide selection - that indicators should:

   have a direct impact on the priorities set out in the draft SCS;
   be cross-cutting;
   and benefit from being delivered in Partnership.

The stages involved in preparing the LAA were:

   A workshop, attended by 26 separate partner organisations, selected a long-list of indicators from
    the National Indicator Set using the above criteria;

   This was refined through consultation with individual Cabinet portfolio holders, a session with
    informal Cabinet and input from all Scrutiny Panels.

   The (then) four Pillar Executive Groups – Children and Young People, Healthy Communities and
    Vulnerable Adults, Safer and Stronger Communities, and Economic Development and Enterprise -
    were also asked to refine the long-list.


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   ‘Duty to cooperate’ partners, not represented within Pillar Groups, were invited to two successive
    Partnership Board meetings where they were able to contribute.

   Through this consultation process the number of potential indicators was further reduced and
    submitted to Government Office West Midlands as our first draft.

   A Technical Group comprising performance officers from Safer Walsall Borough Partnership/
    Police, the tPCT, Children’s Trust, the Council and WBSP eliminated duplication by identifying the
    indicators providing the ‘best fit’ to our SCS priorities. This process included an external review
    mechanism through the West Midlands Regional Observatory and the Black Country Consortium.

Issues dealt with along the way which influenced our final indicator selection included:

   Preventing Violent Extremism. We resisted pressure to include NI 35 as we felt that our strategic
    approach to Community Cohesion did not require the inclusion of a more narrowly focussed
    indicator.

   The exclusion of a teenage pregnancy indicator. The ‘rules’ in carrying forward existing stretch
    targets from one LAA to the next would have required us to set a un-achievable target. As a result
    we opted to include teenage pregnancy as a local indicator.

   The exclusion of a congestion indicator. We took the view that this is an issue with a Sub-regional
    or Regional solution. Walsall is signed up to the Local Transport Plan and participates fully its
    support structures. We have continued to resist Department for Transport pressure for a
    congestion LAA target.

   Climate Change. Again we feel that this issue must be tackled at a much wider geographical
    level. While we were prepared to concede to pressure to include an adaptation indicator we have
    compromised on CO2 reduction by including it as a local indicator.

   We agreed to include NIs 135 (Carers receiving needs assessment or review and a specific
    carer’s service, or advice and information) and 136 (People supported to live independently
    through social services) in response to an expectation expressed by the Commission for Social
    Care Inspection.

Engaging with Our Communities

Local Neighbourhood Partnerships are the agreed vehicle for community engagement for the
Partnership and have been recognised nationally as a good practice example. They were originally
set up by the Council but more recently transferred to the governance structures of the Walsall
Partnership. Changing circumstances, not least brought about with the new Duty to Involve, have
placed a different need on LNP’s which has resulted in a review of their role. This has been supported
by the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) with recommendations scheduled to
be made to the Partnership Board in June.

The Voluntary and Community Sector are being encouraged from several sources to play a role in
shaping and delivering services in local areas. NHS Walsall will commission health services from a
growing range of providers; the Council’s changing role in community leadership and of delivering
more and better services particularly in Social Care and in Children’s Services will demand new
approaches to the delivery of services; and Walsall Partnership by co-ordinating the work of all the key
partners within Walsall with an emphasis on identifying how public resources are best used to deliver
agreed outcomes. The VCS has an important role to play by taking advantage of future commissions.
The need for improvement is recognised within the Sector and a strategy aimed at achieving this is
well advanced in preparation. .

In addition other methods of citizen and community engagement include:

   The Partnership Engagement Forum (PEF) was set up in 2006 to develop common standards to
    consultation across the Partnership, to co-ordinate consultation exercises and share results.



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   Walsall Viewfinder – a consultation planner and finder – which can be accessed and used by
    members of the public and partners to plan and search for relevant consultation exercises. It is
    available through www.walsall.org.uk/viewfinder and reduces duplication and consultation fatigue
    and helps identify gaps in knowledge. Importantly it allows members of the public to find out what
    has happened as a result of consultation.

   The Council’s citizens’ panel is made up of approximately 1,100 people from across the borough,
    and includes people of all ages from 18 upwards. Issues consulted upon have covered libraries,
    museums and art galleries, customer service, Walsall markets and the future of the borough;
    including access to services, regeneration, the environment and the economy.

   Mystery Shopping to enhance citizen intelligence and support our ability to deliver the new Duty to
    Involve. It has been run with assistance from the RIEP and uses local people to test front-line and
    back office service standards and customer care from a user’s perspective. Participants have
    included the council’s First Stop Shop and Customer Contact Centre, Safer Walsall Partnership,
    Leisure Services, Revenues and Benefits, NHS Walsall and Walsall Housing Group.

   Individual Partners have also developed their own engagement mechanisms for specific purposes,
    for example, the Council’s Customer Experience Stakeholder Forums and Budget Consultation
    exercises with the results shared through the PEF.

Joining up Intelligence

Evidence of need within Walsall was brought together specifically for the SCS using the Shared
Partnership Information Resource (SPIR) – a team of Analysts based with the Partnership Support
Team. Since then SPIR has been reviewed and new ways of sharing intelligence are being
developed. These centre upon creating a data depository maintained by the Partnership Support
Team and coordinating the work of Partner-based Analysts to ensure that expertise is maximised and
economies of scale achieved.

The technology behind the data depository is already in place. It maximises existing Council
investment by running the Black Country Observatory’s Knowledge Engine within a Walsall
Partnership branded website.

The software is currently being populated with data from the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to
prove the concept. It will form the basis of the content of the Walsall Observatory Website.

Analysts are working together to develop further data content and procedures and protocols governing
the provision and maintenance of data are being developed. The Analysts Group are also sharing
their most recent needs analyses. The findings will feed into a review of the SCS and will be
developed to ensure joint working in developing other strategic plans.

An important component of this joint work will be the establishment of a ‘State of the National Indicator
Set’ database which will measure performance against each one of the NIS and therefore contribute to
identifying emerging priorities for the Borough.

Member Involvement

Council Members have been involved throughout the development of the SCS and LAA. All three
political leaders are members the Partnership Board, and, under new Partnership structures,
politicians are also represented at Executive level.

Individual Cabinet members were directly involved with the selection of LAA indicators and Cabinet
and Scrutiny have received regular updates on progress since then.

All Scrutiny Panels have requested an annual presentation from the Partnership Director on the
Partnership Business Plan for the year with a view to identifying issues pertinent to specific Panels
which they will then require feedback at appropriate points throughout the year.

The Council’s Member development programme has included specific sessions on Partnership issues
including the SCS and LAA which were well attended. Further sessions are planned later this year.

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Existing needs and SCS priorities

The SCS was based on the State of the Borough Report which itself drew heavily on information
contained within the following documents:

      Children and Young People in Walsall, Needs Assessment and Review
      People and Place Perspectives, A picture of our community
      Review of the Public Health Performance Targets Incorporating Choosing Health, Annual Update
      Community Safety Strategic Assessment
      State of the Environment Report for Walsall Final Report

As a result of this the following priorities were identified in our SCS:

             Outcome                                          Priority
    People
                                Encouraging the achievement of personal goals, skills and
                                ambitions
                                Improving personal health through changing lifestyles
    Creating opportunity and    Enhancing the quality of life for people living and working in
    potential                   Walsall
                                Providing accessible learning opportunities
                                Broaden access to information in an appropriate environment
                                Improve the quality and range of cultural and leisure activities
                                Reducing total levels of recorded crime
                                Ensuring partnership support in tackling crime and anti-social
                                behaviour in neighbourhoods
    Feeling safe and being      Reduce health inequalities between the east and west of the
    healthy                     borough
                                Improving the quality of life and increasing the independence of
                                people in Walsall
                                Reducing the incidence of road traffic collisions
                                Encouraging active citizens to participate in local decision-
                                making processes
                                Ensuring groups, neighbourhoods and communities can
                                influence decisions affecting their local area
    Developing strong and       Ensuring strong neighbourhoods where people can get on well
    dynamic communities         together
                                Value and enable families to be self supporting and resilient
                                Focus development on neighbourhood centres to revitalise
                                them and to enable them to flourish whilst maintaining a unique
                                identity
              Places
                                Prevent homelessness
                                Increase the number and choice of affordable homes
    Improving housing choice    Increase the overall standard of rebuilt housing in the private
                                sector
                                Enabling people to live more independently
                                Create cleaner greener and safer neighbourhoods
                                Ensure people sufficient and efficient heat and energy
                                Monitor and reduce the impact of pollutants on our environment
    Improving the quality of    Improve energy efficiency
    our environment             Value and preserve the natural environment
                                Reduce our adverse impact and adapt to climate change
                                Focus on climate change by reducing carbon dependence and
                                by using environmental technologies
           Prosperity
    Improving education and     Supporting children to do as well as they can and enjoy their
    skills                      childhood and youth


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                               Improving educational attainment and school facilities
                               Reducing child poverty and promoting the economic well-being
                               of young people and their families
                               Improve the skills and knowledge of people both in and out of
                               work
                               Develop the skills of our local people to ensure that the
                               demands of new businesses are met
                               Work with our educational providers to ensure that our children,
                               young people and adults both in and out of work, develop the
                               new skill set required
                               Deliver the vision of Walsall being a town for enterprise
                               Manage our key road and public transport networks
                               Focus on climate change by reducing carbon dependence and
                               by using environment technologies
                               Offer a full range of high quality support to new and existing
                               local businesses
                               Preventing business arson
                               Provide efficient and effective transport access to services
                               Attract new businesses
    Increasing enterprise /
                               Develop the town centre canal-side
    making Walsall a vibrant
    borough                    Create a new shopping experience in Walsall town centre
                               Create new cultural, educational and leisure facilities
                               Work with existing businesses to help them remain, grow and
                               thrive in Walsall
                               Recognise and raise awareness of the borough's historic
                               environment
                               Seek new, sustainable uses for important historic buildings
                               Focus development on neighbourhood centres to revitalise
                               them and to enable them to flourish whilst maintaining a unique
                               identity
                               Support existing business to grow and expand
                               Attract inward investment opportunities in Walsall
                               Link businesses to workforce development initiatives
    Reducing worklessness
                               Develop Think Walsall to maximise social, economic and
                               environmental benefits
                               Support for businesses looking to make redundancies

Emerging evidence

Since the State of the Borough report was produced further survey results and extensive needs
analyses have become available, including:

     the Place Survey results;
     the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, primarily dealing with health issues and the determinants
      of health;
     updates of the Children and Young People’s Needs Analysis and the Review of Public Health
      Targets;
     the Safer Walsall Partnership Strategic Assessment;
     a series of Black Country Recession Intelligence Reports.

Work is on-going work to map these to the existing SCS outcomes but the following issues are
emerging or are re-affirmed:

     The impact of recession, particular on worklessness which was seen as the overriding priority in
      the SCS;
     Worsening deprivation and poverty, including child poverty;
     The changing demographic profile of the Borough both in terms of age and ethnicity;
     A continuing east/ west divide;
     The strong association between deprivation and ill-health;


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       The impact of alcohol, obesity and smoking on life expectancy;
       Violent crime has fallen but town centre violence remains an issue with alcohol and drugs seen as
        a major factor;
       Domestic Abuse has increased and makes up a quarter of all violent crime;
       Continued perceptions that residents cannot influence local decisions and are not kept well
        informed;
       Reducing levels of crime and cleaning up the Borough’s streets remain priorities with residents
        and are considered important to quality of life;
       The lack of activities for teenagers, poor roads and congestion also rank as priorities but residents
        do not consider them to be so important.

In addition new strategies have been developed for Older People and Health Inequalities and a draft
of the Children and Young People’s Plan is open to consultation. The priorities contained within these,
and other current strategies have been compared with the SCS and are set out below. The final
column highlights gaps in the SCS.


S us tainable C ommunity S trateg y / C hildren & Y oung P eople's P lan Mapping - P riorities for Wals all
                                                                                                                                                        S us tainable C ommunity S trateg y
        Major impact
        Minor impact                                                                                                                     P eople                                                          P lac es                                                 P ros perity

                                                                                                 1.1                  1.2                          1.3                    1.4                2.1                        2.2                    3.1                     3.2              3.3




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Improving the quality



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Improving education
                                                                                              C reating opportunity




                                                                                                                                               R educing crime and




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of our environment
                                                                                                                                                                                           Improving hous ing
                                                                                                                                                                     D eveloping s trong
                                                                                                                      Improving health




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      workles s nes s



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        G aps in S C S
                                                                                              and potential




                                                                                                                                                                     and dynamic
                                                                                                                                                                     communities
C hildren and Y oung P eople's P lan 2009/10
                                                                                                                                               feeling s afe




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Increas ing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      enterpris e


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      R educing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and s kills
                                                                                                                                                                                           choice
                    R educe Infant Mortality rates                                                  X                  X

1. E nc ourag e     R educe under 18 conception rates                                               X                  X                                                                                                                          X
healthy
lifes tyles         R educe C hildren travelling to s chool in cars                                 X                  X                                                                                                   X

                    R educe obes ity rates in P rimary s chool children                             X                  X
                    R educe hos pital admis s ion ratio of people under 20 with mental &
                                                                                                    X                  X                            X
                    behavioural dis orders due to s ubs tance mis us e
2. P romote
mental health, R educe % who worry about their future                                               X
wellbeing and
enjoyment of life Increas e % who enjoy s chool                                                     X                                                                                                                                             X
and s c hool
                  Increas e % of Y oung P eople engaged in pos itive activities                     X                  X                            X                       X                                              X                      X

                                                                                1
                    R educe Domes tic Violence referrals to S ocial S ervices                       X                  X                            X                                                                                             X
3. Targ et early
                                                     1
intervention to     R educe number who run away                                                     X                  X                            X                                                                                             X
ens ure s afety                                                                     nd
                    E nhance targeted s upport for vulnerable children (reduce 2 &
                                                             1                                      X                  X                            X                                                                                             X
                    s ubs equent C hild P rotection P lans )

                    R educe numbers and/or negative impact of children in poverty                   X                  X                            X                       X                   X                                                 X                      X                X
                    Increas e range and quality of s hort breaks and s upport for dis abled
                                                                                                    X                  X                                                                                                                          X
                    children
4. P romote
                     Improve as pirations and attainment of underperforming groups                  X                                                                                                                                             X
S oc ial inc lus ion
and reduc e c hild R educe Not in E mployment, E ducation or T raining (NE E T ) including
                                                                                                    X                                                                                                                                             X                                       X
poverty              B lack and Minority E thnic young people
                    R educe rate of re-offending                                                    X                                               X                                                                                             X

                    R educe cautions & convictions of looked after children                         X                                               X                                                                                             X

                    Improve % of 7 year olds achieving L 2+ at K S 1 writing                        X                                                                                                                                             X

                    Increas e % 5+ A*-C G C S E s (E ng & Maths )                                   X                                                                                                                                             X

5. Value and        Increas e % 5+ A*-G G C S E s                                                   X                                                                                                                                             X
s upport our
young people        Increas e % level 2 & 3 qualifications                                          X                                                                                                                                             X

                    Increas e % who want to go to Higher E ducation                                 X                                                                                                                                             X

                    P rovide s uitable accommodation for C are L eavers                                                                                                                         X
                    L is ten, reps ond to and involve children and young people and their
                                                                                                                                                                            X
                    families and carers in s ervice delivery and planning
                    E ns ure s ervices res pond to divers e community needs                                                                                                 X

                    Workforce Development                                                           X                                                                                                                                             X
6. C ros s c utting
                    Deliver E ducation T rans formation and leaders hip (inc. B S F )               X                                                                                                                                             X
priorities
                    R edes ign Y oung people's Integrated s ervices                                 X                  X                            X                                                                                             X                                       X

                    S trengthen C hildren's T rus t and C hildren Area P artners hips               X                  X                            X                       X                                              X                      X                      X                X

                    Improve value for money and efficiency




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S us tainable C ommunity S trateg y / O lder P eople's S trateg y - P riorities for Wals all
                                                                                                                                     S us tainable C ommunity S trateg y
            Major impact
            Minor impact                                                                                              P eople                                                         P lac es                                                 P ros perity
                                                                              1.1                  1.2                          1.3                   1.4                2.1                        2.2                    3.1                     3.2              3.3




                                                                                                                                                                                                 Improving the quality



                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Improving education
                                                                           C reating opportunity




                                                                                                                            R educing crime and




                                                                                                                                                                                                 of our environment
                                                                                                                                                                       Improving hous ing
                                                                                                                                                  Developing s trong
                                                                                                   Improving health




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  workles s nes s



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    G aps in S C S
                                                                           and potential




                                                                                                                                                  and dynamic
                                                                                                                                                  communities
O lder P eople's S trateg y




                                                                                                                            feeling s afe




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Increas ing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  enterpris e


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R educing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and s kills
                                                                                                                                                                       choice
                           O lder people will be engaged as citizens in
                      1a                                                          x                                                                     X                                                                      x
                           decis ion making as real partners
                           O lder people s hould be valued, res pected
                      1b                                                          x                                                                     X
                           and free from dis crimination
Making a pos itive         O lder and younger people s hould be
                      1c                                                                                                                                X
c ontribution              working together to promote harmony and
                           O lder people will have acces s to the s ame
                      1d                                                         X                                                                      X                    x
                           s upport acros s W als all
                           O lder people will be given opportunties to
                      1e                                                         X                                                                       x                                                                     x
                           us e their s kills and experience to s upport
                           O lder people will have acces s to
                      2a                                                         X                                                                       x
G etting g ood             information and advice about opportunities
information,               Information will be provided in different
                      2b                                                         X
advic e and                ways s o that people can us e it and be free
advoc ac y                 Information will be 'joined up' and available
                      2c                                                         X
                           in a range of different locations and be
                           O lder people s hould have an adequate
                      3a                                                          x                                                                                                                                                                                    x
                           income
                           O lder people will have the opportunity to
                      3b                                                          x                  x                                                                                                                         x                                       x
Having s uffic ient        work and learn new s kills if they want to
inc ome                    O lder people s hould have choices about
                      3c                                                         X                                                                                                                                                                                     x
                           what to do in retirement and when to retire
                           O lder people will have acces s to good
                      3d                                                         X                                                                                                                                                                                     x
                           financial and benefit advice before and
                           O lder people will be able to get out and
L iving in g ood,     4a                                                          x                                                                                                                                                                  x
                           about eas ily and us e affordable trans port
s afe
                           O lder people will live in s afe and clean
neig hbourhoods       4b                                                                                                         X                                                                     X                                             x
                           neighbourhoods with good local s ervices
and able to g et
                           O lder people s hould feel s afe in their
out and about         4c                                                                                                         X                                           x
                           homes
                           O lder people will be able to us e a range of
                      5a                                                                            X
                           affordable, good quality health and care
                           O lder people will be able to acces s a range
                      5b                                                                            X
                           of practical and preventative s ervices that
K eeping healthy           O lder people will have decent, appropriate
                      5c                                                                             x                                                                      X
and ac tive                and affordable accommodation and can
                           O lder people will be able to acces s a range
                      5d                                                         X                   x                                                                                                                         x
                           of affordable s ocial, leis ure and
                           O lder people s hould have good s ocial
                      5e                                                         X                                                                       x
                           networks to combat s ocial is olation

P rinciples to underpin delivery of the s trategy
Having a pos itve approach to life and older age, promoting to active involvement of older people as citizens in cotnributing to the life of their local community
E nabling older people to have control and make informed choices over the way they live their lives
E ns uring mains tream s ervices are pers on-centre and meet the needs and as pirations of older people
S ervices that are provided locally and equitably acros s the town
P romoting independence but als o s upport when it is needed
S taff that are well trained and demons trate as pos itive attitude towards older people
*** T his outcome originally s at in Aim 4. F ollowing dis cus s ions with partners it has been moved to Aim5 in order to expdite progres s




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S us tainable C ommunity S trateg y / Health Inequalities S trateg y - P riorities for Wals all
                                                                                                                    S us tainable C ommunity S trateg y
               Major impact
               Minor impact                                                                                          P eople                           P lac es                           P ros perity
                                                                                               1.1                  1.2     1.3               1.4    2.1      2.2                      3.1     3.2     3.3




                                                                                                                                                             Improving the quality


                                                                                                                                                                                     Improving education
                                                                                            C reating opportunity




                                                                                                                                       R educing crime and




                                                                                                                                                             of our environment
                                                                                                                                       Improving housing
                                                                                                                                       Developing strong
                                                                                                                    Improving health




                                                                                                                                                                                                                        worklessness

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       G aps in S C S
                                                                                            and potential




                                                                                                                                       and dynamic
                                                                                                                                       communities
Health Inequalities S trateg y




                                                                                                                                       feeling safe




                                                                                                                                                                                                           Increasing
                                                                                                                                                                                                           enterprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        R educing
                                                                                                                                                                                     and skills
                                                                                                                                       choice
                              C ontinue to implement W B S P 'Increas ing L ife
                              E xpectancy by R educing H ealth Inequalities ' 2007-
                              2010 Action P lan us ing evidence bas ed interventions              X                  X
                              appropriate to each ward in order to deliver the 2010
                              life expectancy and infant mortality targ ets

                                          T o reduce s moking in preg nancy, targ et
                                          s mokers with quit s upport and to reduce
P eople




                                                                                                  X                  X                  X
               H ealth                    s ales of counterfeit and contraband
                                          tobacco
                                          T o continue work towards reducing
                                                                                                  X                  X
                                          teenag e conception rates
                              T o work to improve mental health and well-being
                                                                                                  X                  X
                              s ervice provis ion

                              T o develop a health nutritional s tandard for s chool
                                                                                                                     X
                              throug h a proactive healthy s chool meals prog ramme

                              T o improve the phys ical environment of W als all's
                                                                                                                     X                  X      X      X            X                                          X
                              citiz ens
                                         W orking towards providing a s afe
                                         environment which promotes phys ical
                                         activity, reduces the ris k of road traffic
                                         accidents and leads to improvements in                                      X                  X      X                   X
                                         the phys ical and s ocial health
                                         leads to improvements in the phys ical and
                                         s ocial health
                                         P rioritis ing the elimination of fuel poverty -
                                         firs tly in hous eholds with older people and                               X                                             X
                                         young children
                                          W orking to improve hous ing conditions ,
P lac es




               H ous ing /                particularly in the private s ector, by
                                                                                                                     X                                X
               environment                reducing damp, overcrowding and other
                                          factors known to advers ely affect health
                                          W orking to reduce accidents in the home                                   X                  X             X
                                          C ontinuing to inves t in hous ing related
                                          s upport prog rammes and build
                                          partners hips with voluntary ag encies ,
                                                                                                                                               X      X
                                          charities and hous ing as s ociations to
                                          provide local s ervices as effectively and
                                          efficiently as pos s ible
                                          T o ens ure all W als all res idents have the
                                          opportunity to acces s the cultural and
                                                                                                  X                                            X                                                              X
                                          leis ure opportunities and other activities
                                          as a means of increas ing s ocial capital

                              Improve the educational as pirations and
                              achievements of the whole s chool ag e population of
               E ducation                                                                         X                                                                                       X
                              the B oroug h and reduce the g ap in education
                              outcomes

                              T o prioritis e and enhance work opportunities for
                                                                                                  X                                                                                       X                                X
                              parents
P ros perity




                              T o ens ure that there is a clearer and more
               E mployment
                              s ys tematic approach to identifying and tackling the
                              barriers that people, particularly thos e from                      X                                            X                                          X
                              dis avantag ed g roups and areas ,
                              face in acces s ig n jobs and key s ervices
                              T o increas e the as pirations of our citiz ens to achieve
                                                                                                  X                                            X                                          X                                X
                              economic s ecurity and family s tability
               P overty
                              T o work acros s ag encies to reduce poverty and its
                                                                                                  X                  X                  X                                                 X                                X
                              effects in W als all




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DELIVERY
LSP structures, governance, roles and responsibilities

A new, more streamlined Board was set up in October 2008. It is now made up of the leaders of the
three political parties, the Chief Executive of Walsall Voluntary Action, representation from the
business sector and the senior-most executives from the key organisations delivering services within
Walsall. The Board provides leadership and direction to the Partnership by developing the SCS and
keeping it under review.

The old ‘Executive Committee’ has been ‘split’ into three themes to mirror the SCS – People, Places,
Prosperity – this arrangement will be reviewed in June 2009 to assess its effectiveness. The
Executive Groups no longer make decisions on allocating funding, but are responsible for monitoring
performance of Thematic Groups and quality assuring Target Action Plans (TAP).

Thematic Groups are responsible for delivery in the following areas:

   children and young people
   environment and sustainability
   housing
   community safety
   vulnerable adults
   health and well-being
   economic regeneration
   climate change and the environment

They develop and approve proposals for activity to deliver LAA outcomes, allocate resources (subject
to necessary approvals), and are the first point at which performance is managed. All relevant
organisations are represented on thematic groups, including duty to cooperate partners and the
community and voluntary sector.

The Constitution and Accountable Body Agreement are in the process of being updated to reflect
these revised arrangements – both documents will be formally adopted at the Annual General Meeting
on 13 July 2009.

Some Theme Groups have maintained the previous Pillar Executive Groups, who oversee the
development of TAP pro formas and approve allocations of resources / programmes. The Theme
Groups continue to provide the operational element of the Partnership, identifying programmes of
activity to achieve targets / outcomes and involve a wide range of partners.




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Summary of Governance Structures and Purpose


                                     PARTNER GOVERNANCE                             Financial Approval
                                         STRUCTURES




Shared leadership                                                              Establish and maintain a
Setting direction                                                           transparent overview of the
Holding partners to account                    BOARD                  £1billion of public resources and
Ensuring outcomes                                                             other strategic investment
Communications
Outward connectivity




Integrating proposals                                                                Ensuring linkages
Performance, delivery                  EXECUTIVE GROUPS                                       Efficiency
Finding linkages                                                                         No duplication
                                                                         Challenging to use resources
                                                                                             differently
                                                                                  Ensuring equalities,
                                                                          sustainability and evaluation




Approving draft proposals and              THEME GROUP                     Ensuring all resources have
resources (subject to financial            GOVERNANCE                                     been included
approval of accountable body)




Developing joint proposals              THEMATIC GROUPS                  Bringing partner resources to
Delivery                                                                                      the table



Lessons Leant from LAA1

In developing our processes for delivering the current LAA we have applied lessons learnt from
previous experience. Improvements in terms of performance management have been made where
previous arrangements have not worked successfully.

   Clearer lines of accountability and responsibility have been drawn
   Greater support is being provided by the Council’s Corporate Performance Management Unit who
    collect outturn data and liaise with Outcome Leads.
   The thread between outcomes and detailed activities and initiatives are being tracked, initially to
    overcome lagged outturn data and in the longer term to allow effectiveness to be evaluated.
   a review of LAA1 programmes was undertaken by York Consulting which concluded that TAPs
    were driven by funding rather than looking at the wider picture of all activity being commissioned
    to achieve the target.


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    As a result West Midlands Enterprise were commissioned to assist in the preparation of three
     TAPs and to pinpoint the reasons this. They recommended greater sign up at executive level to
     drive the process forward and to increase awareness of the process amongst stakeholders.


Partnership Performance framework

Each LAA indicator has been assigned to a Thematic Group which is accountable for performance
management. Action taken is reported by exception to the Executive Groups.

                                                                              Performance
      NI                                                                       Managing
    Number                                Indicator                              Group
             Number of people from different backgrounds who get on well
      1      together in their local area                                         SP
             % of people who feel they can influence decisions in their
       4     locality                                                            SP
       5     Overall Satisfaction with Local Area                                SP
       7     Environment for a thriving third sector                             SP
       8     Percentage of adult population who participate in sport            H&WB
      16     Serious acquisitive crime rate                                     SWEG
      17     Public perceptions of ASB (Local)                                  SWEG
      19     Rate of re-offending by young offenders                            CHEG
      20     Assault with injury crime rate                                     SWEG
      30     Re-offending Rate of Prolific and Priority Offenders               SWEG
      56     Obesity among primary school age children in Year 6                CHEG
     110     Young people's participation in positive activities                CHEG
     112     Under 18 Conception Rate (Local)                                   CHEG
     116     Proportion of children in poverty (W)                              CHEG
     117     16- to 18-year olds who are NEET (W)                               CHEG
     120     All age/all cause mortality                                        H&WB
             Carers receiving needs assessment or review and a specific
     135     carer’s service, or advice and information                          VAB
     136     People supported to live independently through social services      VAB
     141     Percentage of vulnerable people achieving independent living        VAB
     152     Working-age people on out-of-work benefits                       PoWER PEG
     154     Number of additional houses                                        R&NPB
     163     Working-age population qualified to at least level 2 or higher   PoWER PEG
     172     VAT-registered businesses in the area showing growth             PoWER PEG
     186     Per capita CO2 emissions in the LA area (Local)                    CCEG
     187     Tackling fuel poverty                                              R&NPB
     188     Adapting to climate change                                         CCEG
     191     Residual household waste per head                                  R&NPB
     198     Children travelling to school; mode of transport used              R&NPB
             Local Levels of support to new and existing business (Local)     PoWER PEG
             Local Domestic violence (Local)                                    SWEG

Key:
    SP – Stronger Partnership
    H&WB – Health and Well-Being Board
    SWEG – Safer Walsall Executive Group
    CHEG – Children’s Executive Group
    VAB – Vulnerable Adults Board
    PoWER PEG – Economic Partnership Executive Group
    R&NPB – Regeneration and Neighbourhoods Perfromance Board
    CCEG – Climate Change Executive Group

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Communicating Performance

All decisions taken by the Board and Executives are captured in a briefing note which is circulated to
members of all Partnership groups. Individual Partners have their own arrangements for internal
dissemination.

Walsall Partnership website includes:

   Board and Executive reports
   the SCS and LAA, including LAA performance,
   other partner strategies.
   Consultation facilities which were used for the draft SCS, LNP consultation
   Further developments will include publication of performance on the NIS; the Walsall Observatory;
    and a secure site for partners to access reports before they become publicly available.

The TAP process

The TAP process Review essentially incorporates five steps – assemble and analyse evidence and
trends; map current activity and funding; identify priorities, best practice and performance gaps;
consider options for delivery and define future activity.

The process has been applied to all targets within the LAA (or groups of targets) and the activity finally
commissioned as a result captured on a standardised proforma.

Currently the majority of TAPs have been completed, three are in draft and three are in the process of
being written. Delays have been due mainly to identifying a target lead person which has now been
resolved in all cases. A library of completed TAPs is available through this link.

It is currently proposed that TAPs are also completed for the wider National Indicator Set (NIS) which
will ensure that priority outcomes that are not LAA indicators are treated in the same way. The
process for undertaking this is being developed.

TAP effectiveness

The three Executives quality assure TAPs to ensure the information contained in them is correct, there
is signposting to underpinning strategies/ policies, that all partners have been involved and identifying
links to other programmes of activity.

It is intended to engage a Local Improvement Adviser to independently review the TAPs, particularly in
relation to equalities, risk assessment and sustainability. This will provide further evaluation and
identify areas for improvement.

The TAPs completed for the Economic Theme Group are possibly the most robust. This is due to the
wide range of stakeholders engagement to identify potential programmes to deliver the outcome.

The Community Safety Theme Group is developing a consolidated crime TAP which includes LAA
targets and could be widened to include all the crime targets within the NIS. A series of mini
workshops have been held on the individual targets. This will provide a comprehensive overview of all
activity being commissioned, as well as identifying the funding (mainstream or grant) to resource the
activity.

The All Age All Cause Mortality TAP was more difficult to complete as it covers the whole of the health
agenda and would mean a considerably lengthy document. The TAP therefore provides an overview
of activity.

TAPs will not remain static, they will need to be updated/ reviewed in response to performance and as
the needs of citizens change and other priorities surface.

LAA performance - Scoresheet after 4 June

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GAPS AND PLANNING
Changing needs from perceptions and other sources

By combining what new data tells us with the priorities contained within the new draft Children and
Young People’s Plan, the Health Inequalities Strategy and Older People’s Strategy and performance
outturn from the fist full year of the current LAA, the following issues can be identified:

   Worsening deprivation and poverty, particularly amongst those already disadvantaged, and its
    impact on a range of other issues. The recession has confirmed that tackling worklessness
    remains our overriding priority. The correlation between deprivation and health inequalities
    highlights the need to continue to target interventions aimed at reducing the impact of alcohol,
    obesity, teenage conceptions and smoking on people’s health;

   Reducing crime remains a priority with residents. Tackling violent crime within the town centre
    and its causes will reverse the recent trend. There is a clear need emerging from the increasing
    number of incidents of Domestic Abuse which now makes up a quarter of all violent crime;

   Although satisfaction with the local area has improved there are continued perceptions that
    residents cannot influence local decisions and are not kept well informed. To some extent work
    already underway in reviewing Local Neighbourhood Partnerships and implementing the draft
    VCS Strategy will help address these concerns.

   Plus anything from LAA outturn data available later this week

Improving Processes and Procedures

The following improvements planned or already underway will allow us to identify emerging needs
quickly and to ensure that our planning processes achieve the best outcome possible:

   Joining up information by developing the Walsall Observatory, but more importantly ensuring
    existing analytical expertise is harnessed to turn data into intelligence;

   Improving and extending the TAP process, including rolling out the discipline to other National
    Indicators not just those in the LAA. We are also in the process of engaging REIP support to
    review the entire process but specifically to look at risk management, equalities, value for money
    and making sure that we consider best practice for elsewhere;

   Improving performance management by tracking TAP activity and developing a rolling ‘state of the
    NIS’ database.

   Through the work of the Resources Sub-Group map spend against priority outcomes with a view
    to establishing efficiencies and eventually aligning budgets;

   Through the work of the Equalities Sub-Group understand the implications of our LAA outcomes
    on specific groups.




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Appendix 2: Consultation on the joint CAA review procedure – briefing summary

Introduction

The Audit Commission and other partner inspectorates are currently consulting on the joint
CAA review procedure. The proposals relate to single tier and county councils in respect of
joint inspectorate scored judgements for CAA and Audit Commission use of resources
assessments.

Responding to the consultation

Comments on the proposals may by emailed to caa-review-consultation@audit-
commission.gov.uk by 5pm on Friday 5 June 2009.

Judgements and findings under CAA

Area assessments will report on each area covered in a local area agreement (LAA)
following joint assessments by the different Inspectorates. Organisational assessments for
single tier and county councils will be made up of a use of resources assessment by the
Audit Commission and a managing performance assessment jointly carried out by the
Inspectorates.

The joint review procedure document consults on the circumstances in which the
Inspectorates will review their joint assessments at the request of a single tier council, county
council or LSP and when the Audit Commission will review its use of resources assessment
at the request of a single tier or county council.

AREA OR         TYPES OF                            GROUNDS FOR                WHO CAN
ORGANISATIONAL DISAGREEMENT                         REVIEW                     REQUEST A
ASSESSMENT                                                                     REVIEW
Area assessment A decision to use a red             The award of a score       Must be
                flag in an area                     or red flag does not       authorised by the
                assessment                          accord with the            Chair of the LSP
                                                    published criteria for     on its behalf
                                                    the award
                                                    OR
                                                    The Inspectorates
                                                    have made a decision
                                                    that is demonstrably
                                                    unreasonable, in that it
                                                    is not supported by the
                                                    evidence
Organisational         A use of resources or        The Inspectorates          Must be
assessment             managing performance         have made a decision       requested by the
                       score for a single tier or   that is demonstrably       council’s Chief
                       county council               unreasonable, in that it   Executive (or
                                                    is not supported by the    deputy)
                                                    evidence
Organisational         Any exercise of              The Inspectorates          Must be
assessment             discretion in combining      have made a decision       requested by the
                       the use of resources         that is demonstrably       council’s Chief
                       and managing                 unreasonable, in that it   Executive (or
                       performance scores to        is not supported by the    deputy)
                       reach an overall score       evidence
                       for the organisational

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                     assessment of a single
                     tier or county council

Procedure

     The LSP or council should raise any concerns with their Comprehensive Area
      Assessment Lead (CAAL) as soon as they arise, not wait until the end of the
      assessment.

     If the issue cannot be resolved informally a formal review can be requested under this
      procedure on receipt of the pre-publication area or organisational assessment, or pre-
      publication use of resources assessment.

     A written application for review must be submitted to the Review Office within five
      working days of notification of the pre-publication of the disputed assessment. This
      application must be less than 2,500 words long, detail the disputed red flag or scored
      assessment, the grounds for review (see table above), identify all the parts of the
      assessment subject to dispute and provide any relevant supporting information. The
      application should also state whether the application for review of an organisational
      assessment could possibly affect an area assessment or vice versa.

     The Review Office will record and acknowledge receipt of the application, determine if
      the application meets the ground for review and make arrangements for convening
      the Review Panel if the application is accepted and provide details of the membership
      of the Review Panel to the applicant

     The Review Panel will determine the outcome of the review in one or more of the
      following ways:

         o   Uphold the review request (e.g. amend the disputed score or remove a red
             flag) and make appropriate changes to the wording of joint or Audit
             Commission judgements or findings to reflect this
         o   Reject the requested change to the score or red flags but still amend the
             wording of joint or Audit Commission judgements or findings as appropriate
         o   Reject the requested amendments
         o   A disputed score may go up, down or remain the same
         o   The decision of the Review Panel is final. Written reasons will be provided to
             explain why any applications are not upheld in full.




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