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					Local Area Agreements

          A framework for

   Local area agreements in context
    –   What are they really about?
   Progress to date
   The new arrangements for 2008-2011
   Next steps
    –   Setting the local priorities for Greenwich
    –   New ways of working to improve outcomes
What are LAAs really about?

   An agreement between central government and a
    locality about the priorities for improvement in that
    area over the next 3 years –
    –   Central plank of new national performance framework
    –   Delivery plan for the local community strategy
   Targets for better outcomes in the area, agreed
    between central government and local partnerships
   Greater local freedom of action to deliver these
What are LAAs really about?
    “Collaboration between organisations and the
     continued demolition of departmental and
     organisational silos will become more rather than
     less important over the next ten years”

     “To meet the challenges [that] will exist in 2015
     greater citizen engagement with the structures of
     local governance is essential, not simply desirable”
        –   All our Futures: The challenges for local governance
            in 2015 (ODPM April 2006)
What are LAAs really about?

  “The biggest improvements in public services are driven not
   by the oversight of central government, but by local people.
   By communities having a chance to say what they want.
   And local area agreements give councils the opportunity to
   put themselves at the centre of that process. To draw on
   the views and expertise of local people and be
   strengthened by their participation.”
                - Hazel Blears, 5 July 2007
Progress to date

   Greenwich’s first LAA 2005-2008
    –   Some 80 targets / £16.9 million pooled funds
    –   Stronger local partnership structures
    –   Successful partnership projects
    –   Some innovation at the margins
    –   But, many areas of activity remain untouched
    –   Too much bureaucracy, too little innovation
Local partnership structure


                          LAA BOARD
 LAA Officer Group

 PARTNERSHIP           BOARD        BOARD        BOARD
New arrangements for 2008-2011

   New LAAs to be negotiated in all areas
   Agreements to comprise maximum of 35 targets
    (drawn from a new national indicator set) + 16
    statutory education targets + local targets
   New national performance framework
   New funding regime
   New legal framework for LAAs and partnership
Next Steps (1)

   3 stages for negotiation of new LAAs
    –   Local outcome priorities agreed by end Dec. 07
    –   Appropriate indicators selected by March 08
    –   Targets agreed by June 08
   Between now and end of December: -
    –   Consultation on NIS technical definitions (early Nov.)
    –   New LAA guidance and consultation on CAA (20 Nov.)
    –   Local financial settlement announced (beginning Dec.)
    –   Development of Greenwich “story of place” and evidence
        base for local outcome priorities
Next Steps (2)

   Working with the voluntary and community
    sector to deliver better outcomes
    –   How could the LAA help and what are the
        opportunities for the sector?
    –   What does the sector have to offer?
    –   What does it need from other partners, including
        the council?
History and legacy

   Maritime and military past
    –   Greenwich World Heritage Site
    –   Woolwich Arsenal and Royal Artillery
   Period of industrial decline
    –   Unemployment and population decrease
   Regeneration led recovery
    –   Significant inward investment for physical regeneration
    –   New strategic transport links
Greenwich Strategy

   What is it?
    –   Strategic vision for the borough
    –   Shared priorities
    –   Short term actions
    –   Long term goals
Greenwich Strategy – What does it

   We will reduce discrimination and improve
   Greenwich will make a major contribution to
    London’s economy
   Our residents will have sufficient skills to get jobs
   We will have improved educational achievement
   Local people will be able to get good quality housing
Greenwich Strategy – What does it

   We will live in a clean and well cared for environment
   We will make best use of natural resources in
   We will reduce inequality between the borough’s
   Effective and co-ordinated public transport will serve
    all our communities
   Greenwich will be a world tourist destination
Greenwich Strategy – What does it

   Crime will be reduced and there will be a strong
    sense of community
   We will protect vulnerable and disadvantaged people
    and encourage independent living
   There will be high quality and accessible health and
    social care services for all our residents
   We will play a vital part in the diverse cultural life of
    London with visual, digital and performing arts,
    sports and recreation

   Major physical regeneration linked to wider Thames
    Gateway development (23,000 new dwellings
    between 2006 and 2016)
   New transport links (Jubilee line extension to North
    Greenwich, DLR to Woolwich town centre, Crossrail
    station at Woolwich)
   Opportunities for economic growth linked to:
    –   Woolwich Town Centre and Greenwich Peninsula developments
    –   Existing strength in tourism and the creative and media industries
    –   Greenwich’s position as an Olympic host borough