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					         LSP Executive Board
Comprehensive Area Assessment
   ‘Emerging Picture’ Response
                  9th June 2009

                                         Jim Wilkie
 Deputy Chief Executive/ Director of Corporate Services
                                         Wirral Council
                    CAA – Emerging Picture Response
   Productive ongoing dialogue with the Audit
    Commission
   Valued contributions to response from across the
    Partnership
   LAA Development Group membership reviewed to
    ensure appropriate representation for CAA evidence
    gathering and sharing information
   50 page response document submitted early June
    to inform development of ‘emerging picture’
   Further work will be done following this meeting to
    address ongoing gaps in evidence and develop
    focused self-evaluation
   CAA Question 1: how well do Wirral’s local priorities
          express community needs and aspirations?
What is Wirral’s response?
• Community needs and aspirations key element of prioritisation
  process for our Local Area Agreement and at the heart of our
  Community Strategy
• Recognition that strengths in community engagement (Area Forums,
  Older People and Youth Parliaments) are being built on with a more
  co-ordinated strategic approach, delivered through the
  Comprehensive Engagement Strategy (CES)
• CES will put actions in place to ensure partnership approaches and
  mechanisms for joining up consultation and engagement
  (engagement toolkit, Compact) are fully embedded and will be a key
  driver for improved engagement through and with the third sector
• Wirral can demonstrate many examples of good practice in relation
  to community empowerment, engagement and participation across
  the partnership
     CAA Question 1: how well do Wirral’s local priorities
            express community needs and aspirations?
What is Wirral’s response?
   Many areas have already put in place mechanisms to understand
    how Wirral is narrowing the gap – included in response document
   Community Strategy contains overarching outcome measures in
    relation to the vision for Wirral
   A project team is in place and work underway to develop a
    performance management framework for the Community Strategy
    showing how longer-term outcomes will be monitored, bringing
    together measures from key plans and strategies (CYP Plan, health
    inequalities, etc.) – this will be used to health check of the SCS
    annually, to inform partner planning and LAA refresh and review.
   Critical mechanism for the partnership in delivering inequalities is
    also LAA delivery planning. Plans now completed for each
    improvement area / target in the LAA.
        CAA Questions 2 & 3: How well are outcomes being
            delivered? Prospects for future improvement?
A strong local economy - what is Wirral’s response?
   Wide ranging response to recession across partnership to support
    businesses and residents – multi-agency working group established
    ongoing reporting to LSP Executive. Measures include:
       Specific business support packages and activity, e.g. Business Conference,
        rate relief, support grants, employment and redundancy support and earlier
        access to programmes to help improve skills and employment prospects
       New apprenticeship programme
       Changes in HMRI and house building targets
       VCAW annual conference to highlight practical support from voluntary and
        community sector
       Tunnel tolls frozen
   Skills – increasing participation within economically deprived wards,
    apprenticeship scheme
   Worklessness – Focus of Working Wirral
        CAA Questions 2 & 3: How well are outcomes being
            delivered? Prospects for future improvement?
    Safer stronger communities – what is Wirral’s response?

•     Clear understanding of crime data and patterns. Establishment of
      Neighbourhood Policing. Respect area – drive against anti-social
      behaviour (ASB); 2008/09 full year performance 23% less ASB reports
      than target set
•     Strategic approach to offender management and witness/ victim support
•     Violence – approaches focus on perpetrators of domestic violence, young
      people and alcohol fuelled domestic violence and violence committed by
      young people. Violent crime targets have been met
•     Assaults with less serious injury incidents reduced – 17% less reports
      than target set
•     Wide range of road safety measures and campaigns. New Merseyside
      Fire & Rescue Service road traffic collision reduction strategy team.
      Significant progress reducing children KSI on our roads – 2010 target
      surpassed
       CAA Questions 2 & 3: How well are outcomes being
           delivered? Prospects for future improvement?
    Health and wellbeing – what is Wirral’s response?

•    Development of Health Inequalities Action Plan
•    NHS Wirral - plans to reduce mortality relating to the major
     causes of the gap in life expectancy with substantial additional funding
     c.£75M over the next four years
•    The most deprived areas of Wirral have been designated as a Health
     Action Area (HAA)- 5 HAA teams established to set up a programme of
     community activities that support healthy living
•    Comprehensive alcohol treatment programme, young persons alcohol
     treatment and prevention programme
      CAA Questions 2 & 3: How well are outcomes being
          delivered? Prospects for future improvement?
    Life chances for children and young people
•    A wide range of initiatives, projects and activities to address the
     attainment gap
•    Teenage conceptions – Priority Action Plan 2009-11 – focus on high
     impact areas.
•    Additional £5.7M over 5 years to reduce teenage conceptions and
     implement new interventions.
•    NEET – reducing but not as fast as regional and national figures. Effect of
     recession making achievement of target more difficult – preventative work
     and structured activities planned e.g. development of apprenticeship
     programme.
    CAA Questions 2 & 3: How well are outcomes being
        delivered? Prospects for future improvement?
A high quality living and working environment
•   Narrowing the gap in cleanliness standards from 19% to 5% - SOA
    manager, additional cleansing + enhanced community engagement =
    achievement
•   CO2 emissions – development of Sustainability Unit to coordinate partner
    activity to reduce emissions
•   LTP congestion delivery plan – A522 to Birkenhead – better use of
    existing road space
•   TravelWise Personal Travel Planning project to challenge around 10,000
    households to opt for greener modes of travel to cut cost, time and carbon
    emissions from their journeys.
     CAA Questions 2 & 3: How well are outcomes being
         delivered? Prospects for future improvement?
Sustainable appropriate housing for all
•   HMRI Pathfinder status, New Growth Point area and Affordable Housing
    Policy development
•   Wirral housing priorities of market renewal, affordability, increasing
    supply, improving decency and meeting the needs of vulnerable people
    align with regional strategies.
•   WPH major investment and regeneration programme
•   Homelessness Strategy – developed in consultation with partners and
    stakeholders – focus on preventing homelessness and pro-active housing
    options
•   Temporary accommodation NI156 – CLG 2010 target already met
                                                        Next Steps
Roundtable Discussion: Focus on evidencing the outcomes :


Overarching questions for this session might include:

    •Does the board think that the emerging picture is an accurate
    representation of Wirral’s progress and current issues for the
    partnership?
    •How is the board working together to tackle the issues raised by
    the Audit Commission?
    •Are there any particular or significant outcomes / innovations not
    reflected in the emerging picture that we can highlight?
                                              Next Steps
    Next steps:



•     Actions from Roundtable Discussion followed up by
      LAA Development Group
•     Continuing dialogue with Audit Commission on
      emerging picture throughout summer and autumn
•     September – cut off date for submission of evidence
•     November – area assessment reports published
Wirral Local Strategic Partnership

                          Area Assessment Contacts:

                             Jane Morgan, Policy Manager:
               E: janemorgan@wirral.gov.uk T: 01516918140

           Abi Pennington, Senior Policy & information Officer:
          E: abigailpennington@wirral.gov.uk T: 01516918027

				
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