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					Medway Council

A Local Public Service
Agreement

Leading urban renaissance

April 2002 – March 2005
                                         Medway Public Service Agreement



  CONTENTS                                                     Page


Part One                                                       TO BE
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  INTRODUCTION
  COUNCIL CONTEXT
  URBAN RENAISSANCE

Part Two

  LPSA AGREEMENT


  SCHEDULE ONE: TARGETS

   Target 1
   Target 2
   Target 3
   Target 4
   Target 5
   Target 6
   Target 7
   Target 8
   Target 9
   Target 10
   Target 11
   Target 12
   Target 13
   Target 14
   Target 15
   Target 16
   Target 17



  SCHEDULE TWO: AGREED FREEDOMS/FLEXIBILITIES
   Schedule Two, Annex A


  SCHEDULE THREE: PUMP PRIMING GRANT


  SCHEDULE FOUR: PERFORMANCE REWARD GRANT




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Part One

1.    Introduction

1.1   This document has two parts, the first section provides the broad
      context for the council‟s Local Public Service Agreement (LPSA) and
      the second part is the formal Agreement between the council and the
      government.

1.2   Medway Council welcomes the development of Public Service
      Agreements for local authorities.     This LPSA will support the
      achievement of Medway‟s local strategic agenda, as expressed in the
      Medway Community Plan and other vision documents.

1.3   Our Public Service Agreement (PSA) is designed to produce improved
      performance, across the range of indicators identified. In particular, it
      will enhance performance in tackling social exclusion, raising
      educational attainment, tackling crime and regenerating Medway‟s
      economy. However, its overarching aim is urban regeneration.

1.4   The council‟s Local Public Service Agreement identifies twelve
      stretched targets. Eight of these targets have been taken from the
      national targets outlined in the Prospectus for Pilot Authorities,
      including targets for education, social services, transport, waste
      reduction, community safety and a specific target for an overall
      improvement in cost effectiveness of 3%. The remaining four targets
      are locally determined.

1.5   Our Public Service Agreement is informed by and derived from:

          a real commitment to our core values.
          a well-developed community planning approach.
          a comprehensive framework of strategic objectives and priorities.
          a rigorous approach to Best Value.
          a commitment to tackling social exclusion and inequality.
          a history and culture of best practice and innovation.

1.6   The council is aware that the targets themselves represent substantial
      challenges, but is confident that with the freedoms and flexibilities as
      identified, and working in partnership with central government, it will be
      able to deliver enhanced outcomes that will impact positively on the
      quality of citizens‟ lives.

1.7   It is in the context of the council‟s vision that this Local Public Service
      Agreement is now made. The council is therefore confident that it can
      deliver the LPSA targets.




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2.    The Medway Council Context

2.1   Medway Council believes Medway will become a vibrant city for the
      21st century, we feel it has a significant part to play in the life and
      economy of the South East. It has been designated by the Thames
      Gateway Ministerial Committee as a city of culture, education, tourism
      and high technology.

2.2   Medway Council came into existence on April 1 1998 and is one of the
      largest unitary authorities in England, situated at the heart of Kent.
      With a population of approximately 250,000 Medway is among one of
      the largest urban areas in the South East outside London. The
      government recognises it has a key part of the developing Thames
      Gateway region, which will play an increasing role on the European
      and global stage. Table 1 contains the key summary of the authority

2.3   The council works closely with other neighbouring authorities to
      promote the region‟s economic and social regeneration.

2.4   The population of Medway is centred on the five main neighbourhoods
      of Chatham, Rainham, Gillingham, Strood and Rochester. There is
      also a large rural area on the Hoo peninsula, and in Cuxton and
      Halling.

2.5   Medway‟s vision is of a thriving, confident and healthy place to live,
      work, learn and visit. There are opportunities for everyone to achieve
      and succeed, and to get the most out of life. We celebrate the diversity
      of our communities, tackling disadvantage in all its forms. The local
      economy is growing through a range of jobs created by the expansion
      of existing businesses and the attraction of new ones.

2.6   Medway Council is committed to consulting its residents. Democracy is
      at the heart of the way we work. Initiatives to consult the community,
      such as the youth parliament and the citizens' panel are complemented
      by the day-to-day involvement of residents. The citizen‟s panel has
      proved a successful voice for the public‟s interests, being
      representative in terms of gender, ethnicity, geographical location, type
      of housing occupied and employment status.

2.7   People living in Medway enjoy a good quality of life and we will
      continue to seek to improve the environment and maintain it for future
      generations. This can only be achieved through the participation of all -
      the community, the council, businesses and others sharing ambition
      and responsibility.




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2.8    Equally, the council recognises the need to address the implications of
       decay and deprivation, and has set out an ambitious and radical
       programme for the renaissance of Medway. Challenging targets are
       being set that will help to revitalise the area, ensure social inclusion,
       strive for community stability, and tackle poverty, deprivation and
       disadvantage.

2.9    Medway Council has proposed challenging National and Local PSA
       targets that will support and enhance the six core values to which we
       are committed. These core values are:

          Giving value for money
          Promoting economic, physical and social regeneration
          Fostering citizenship
          Improving the environment
          Working for equal opportunity and access
          Realising everyone's potential

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2.10   These priorities helped develop a strategic five-year plan for the area,
       in which the council identified 43 objectives. It is in this context and the
       council‟s commitment to its six core values that this Local Public
       Service Agreement is now made.

3.     Urban regeneration

3.1    Medway Council is at the heart of the Thames Gateway. This is
       reflected in the regeneration potential for the area, with key strategic
       sites throughout Medway waterfront including Rochester Riverside,
       Chatham, Strood, Gillingham Pier and many more.

3.2    Medway has been recognised in the Towns and Cities initiative with
       Lord Falconer, the minister for Thames Gateway acknowledging
       Chatham‟s potential as a cultural, educational and high technology hub
       for the Thames Gateway.

3.3    Rochester Riverside warrants a separate comment. Mentioned in Lord
       Roger‟s urban task force report, this project represents an exciting
       mixed use urban development, providing urban renaissance that
       includes high quality features - housing, employment uses and areas of
       public amenity.

3.4    This project, along with the revitalisation of Chatham city centre, will act
       as catalysts for regeneration planned for Medway and the surrounding
       region. A successful Local Public Service Agreement and the benefits
       that it bestows will substantially contribute to the achievement of this
       vision.



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Part Two


               Local Public Service Agreement

                                Between

        Medway Council and The Government

Introduction

1. Medway Council and the government have made this Local Public Service
   Agreement (Local PSA) with the intention of further improving the services
   to local people that Medway Council will provide. This agreement covers
   the period 1 April 2002 to 31 March 2005.

2. The agreement records the present intentions of the council and the
   Secretary of State. It is entered into by both in good faith. It is expressly
   recognised that neither can fetter the future discretion of the Council or of
   Ministers and Parliament, and the agreement is therefore not intended to
   create legal relations. Subject to that, the following points are agreed.

The Intentions of Medway Council

3. Medway Council will use its best endeavours to achieve more demanding
   performance targets than those it would be expected to achieve in the
   absence of this Local Public Service Agreement. These enhanced targets
   are specified in schedule 1.

The Intentions of the Government

4. The intentions of the government set out here are subject to the outcome
   of any statutory consultations and any necessary approval of the Treasury
   and Parliament.

5. The government will pay Medway Council a grant of £50,000 in 2001/02
   towards their additional administrative costs in taking part in the pilot
   scheme of local Public Service Agreements.

6. The government will pay Medway Council a further grant of £1million in
   2002/03 in support of the expenditure described in schedule 3. The
   conditions attached to this grant are also set out in schedule 3.




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7. The government will pay a Performance Reward Grant (PRG) to Medway
   Council, as set out in schedule 4, if it achieves the performance target with
   local PSA specified in schedule 1. Schedule 4 sets out the grant the
   government intends to pay if the council secures a substantial
   improvement in performance that falls short of the target. The schedule
   also stipulates the intended timing of payments of the grant. Medway
   Council undertakes to provide audited information confirming the extent of
   improvement in their performance relative to the local PSA performance
   targets set out in schedule 1 of this agreement, as a precondition for the
   determination and payment of the PRG.

8. The government will implement the changes to statutory and
   administrative requirements set out in schedule 2, subject to confirmation
   of the legal and operational feasibility of the changes described and to
   parliamentary approval of any necessary legislation. The government will
   also undertake the discussions with the council described in schedule 2.

9. It is recognised by Medway Council that, on further investigation, it may be
   necessary to modify the detail of the changes set out in schedule 2 in ways
   that seek so far as possible, to give substantially the same extent of
   benefit to the authority. It is recognised by the Secretary of State that, if a
   change set out in schedule 2 proves infeasible, he will use his best
   endeavours to provide an alternative that corresponds as closely as
   possible and has, so far as possible, substantially the same effect.

Date of Agreement:




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                Local Public Service Agreement
                           Between
                       Medway Council
                     And the Government

                                   xx 2002




Councillor Rodney Chambers                 Nick Raynsford
Leader of Council                          Minister for Department, Transport,
Medway Council                             Local Govt, & the Regions




Judith Armitt                              The Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP
Chief Executive                            Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Medway Council




The above Ministers sign also on behalf of the following colleagues:

Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary        Secretary of State for Education and
of State for the Transport and the         Skills
Regions


Chancellor of the Exchequer                Secretary of State for Culture, Media
                                           and Sport


Secretary of State for the Home            Secretary of State for Health
Department




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      SCHEDULE ONE


      PERFORMANCE TARGETS ADOPTED BY MEDWAY COUNCIL


      The improvement in performance on which the payment of performance
      reward grant is based is the „Enhancement in performance ?? the PSA.

      Medway Council‟s Local PSA targets are:

No.                    Medway Local PSA Targets                     Target in      BVPI
                                                                    PSA
                                                                    Prospectus
1       Education      To increase the percentage of pupils         N (4)
        Targets        obtaining 5 or more GCSEs at grades
                       A*-G (or equivalent), including English
                       and maths: by 2004 92% of 16 year
                       olds should reach this standard.
2       Education      To reduce school exclusions                  L(1)
        Targets

3       Education      To increase the number of young              L(2)
        Targets        people going on to Higher Education.

4       Social         To provide high quality pre-admission        N (7)
        Services       and rehabilitation care to older people to
        Targets        help them live as independently as
                       possible, by reducing preventable
                       hospitalisation and ensuring year on
                       year reductions in delays in moving
                       people over 75 on from hospital.
5      Social          Improving the educational attainment of      N (9)
       Services        children and young people in care by
       Targets         increasing from 6% in 1998 to 15% in
                       2004 the proportion of children leaving
                       care aged 16 and over with 5 GCSEs at
                       grade A*-C;
6      Social          Reduce the percentage of children aged       N (12)
       Services        0-3 in the 500 Sure Start areas who are
       Targets         re-registered within the space of 12
                       months on the child protection register
                       by 20% by 2004.
7       Transport &    Increase bus use in England (measured        N (24)
        Road Safety    by the numbers of passenger journeys)
        Targets        from 2000 levels by 10% by 2010, while
                       at the same time securing
                       improvements in punctuality and
                       reliability.



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8     Transport &      To double light rail use in England    N (25)
      Road Safety      (measured by the numbers of
      Targets          passenger journeys) by 2010 from 2000
                       levels.
9      Transport &     By 2010 to reduce the number of people N (26)
       Road Safety     killed or seriously injured in Great
       Targets         Britain in road accidents by 40%, and
                       the number of children killed or
                       seriously injured by 50%, by 2010
                       compared with the average for 1994-98.
10     Transport &     Reduce the number of abandoned         L(3)
       Road Safety     vehicles on streets of Medway
       Targets
11     Council –       Overall annual improvements in cost         N (30)
       Wide Targets    effectiveness of 2% or more.
12     Council –       Ensuring that local government              N (31)
       Wide Targets    achieves 100% capability in electronic
                       service delivery by 2005.
13     Crime           Reducing the number of reported             L(4)
       Reduction       incidents of criminal damage and
       Targets         disorder offences by young people.
14     Crime           Reduce vehicle crime by 30% by 2004.        N (17)
       Reduction
       Targets
15     Drug Misuse     Increase the participation of problem       N (16)
       & Treatment     drug users in drug treatment
       Targets         programmes by 55 per cent by 2004
                       and by 100 per cent by 2008.
16     Waste           To enable 17% of household waste to         N(22)
       Recycling       be recycled or composted by 2004
       Target
17     Employment      Over the 3 years to 2004, increase the      N(6)
       Target          employment rates of disadvantaged
                       groups and areas

     The detailed specification of the targets and performance measures is set out
     below.




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TARGET 1

Specification of Target

To increase the percentage of pupils obtaining 5 or more GCSEs at
grades A*-G (or equivalent), including English and maths: by 2004 92%
of 16 year olds should reach this standard.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 2

Specification of Target

To reduce school exclusions

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance


Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)


Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance for 31 March 2003 (Summer 2002 exams)




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TARGET 3

Specification of Target

To increase the number of young people going on to Higher Education.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 4

Specification of Target

To provide high quality pre-admission and rehabilitation care to older people
to help them live as independently as possible, by reducing preventable
hospitalisation and ensuring year on year reductions in delays in moving
people over 75 on from hospital.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 5

Specification of Target

Improving the educational attainment of children and young people in care by
increasing from 6% in 1998 to 15% in 2004 the proportion of children leaving
care aged 16 and over with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C;

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 6

Specification of Target

Reduce the percentage of children aged 0-3 in the 500 Sure Start areas who
are re-registered within the space of 12 months on the child protection register
by 20% by 2004.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 7

Specification of Target

Increase bus use in England (measured by the numbers of passenger
journeys) from 2000 levels by 10% by 2010, while at the same time
securing improvements in punctuality and reliability.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 8

Specification of Target

To double light rail use in England (measured by the numbers of passenger
journeys) by 2010 from 2000 levels.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 9

Specification of Target

By 2010 to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in road
accidents by 40%, and the number of children killed or seriously injured by
50%, by 2010 compared with the average for 1994-98.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 10

Specification of Target

Reduce the number of abandoned vehicles on streets of Medway

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 11

Specification of Target

Overall annual improvements in cost effectiveness of 3% or more.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 12

Specification of Target

Ensuring that local government achieves 100% capability in electronic service
delivery by 2005.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 13

Specification of Target

Reducing the number of reported incidents of criminal damage and
disorder offences by young people.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 14

Specification of Target

Reduce vehicle crime by 30% by 2004.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 15

Specification of Target

Increase the participation of problem drug users in drug treatment
programmes by 55 per cent by 2004 and by 100 per cent by 2008.

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 16

Specification of Target

To enable 17% of household waste to be recycled or composted by 2004

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA (summer 2003)

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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TARGET 17

Specification of Target

Over the 3 years to 2004, increase the employment rates of disadvantaged
groups and areas

Indicator by which performance will be measured


Baseline Performance

Performance at the end of the period of the local PSA

Performance expected without the local PSA

Performance target with the local PSA

Enhancement in performance with the local PSA

Interim performance target




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SCHEDULE TWO


CHANGES TO STATUTORY AND ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS,
AND DISCUSSIONS TO BE HELD WITH MEDWAY COUNCIL


The intentions of the Government set out here are subject to the outcome of
any statutory consultations and any necessary approval of the Treasury and
Parliament.

The Government intends to make the changes specified below in various
statutory and administrative requirements, as they relate to Medway Council.

The legal and practical feasibility of some of these changes had not been
established at the time that this agreement was concluded. The Government
will use its best endeavours to achieve substantially the effect sought through
the changes described below. It is noted that some of the changes are
dependent on the outcome of consultation and/or can be brought about only
with Parliamentary approval.

*******Freedoms & Flexibilities to be added below.           Birmingham PSA
example below:- (bordered)


The changes proposed are set out below:

EDUCATION (TARGETS 1, 2, 3 AND 4)

Change 1

Within each of the Standards Fund categories listed below, permit the Council
to use the amounts falling within those elements of the Standards Fund
defined as being amounts retained by the Local Education Authority as a
single total which could be applied without restriction to any of the purposes
relevant to those sections of the Standards Fund; and, subject to the
agreement of the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, to permit
the the Council to apply amounts retained by the Local Education Authority to
any of the purposes relevant to sections of the Standards Fund outside the
Standards Fund category for which the amount was originally allocated.

For the purposes of this change, the relevant Standards Fund categories are
School Improvement; Inclusion; Standards and Curriculum; Diversity and
Excellence; and Teachers and Support.

Assurance to be given by the Secretary of State for Education and
Employment. Other conditions placed on the authority, in relation to the
acceptance of individual grants within these categories, will not be affected by
this change.


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Change 2

The Council is given assurance of a minimum resource allocation through the
Standards Fund of 95% of the 2001/2002 allocation for the duration of the
period covered by this Public Service Agreement.

Such assurance to be given by the Secretary of State for Education and
Employment.

Change 3

The Department of Education and Employment accept that the purpose to
which the agreed investment (to enable achievement of targets 1 and 2)
shown in Schedule 2 of this agreement is to be applied, be excepted from any
target figure for delegation of money to schools adopted from time to time by
them.

To be reflected in such targets or judgement upon achievement of such
targets by the Department for Education and Employment.

Change 4

To use its best endeavours to work with Medway Council, with a view to
reaching agreement (for implementation at a date to be agreed) by 1 st April
2001, on the timetable and process for review and rationalisation of the
number of Education based plans required to be produced by the Council
under statute or departmental guidance. The objective of the review is to
consolidate and rationalise insofar as possible into a single Education and
Lifelong Learning Development Plan existing separate plan requirements.

This will be done through exercise of the Secretary of State for Education and
Employment‟s discretion or by order under Section 5 or Section 6 of the Local
Government Act 2000 as appropriate.

Change 5

DfEE to recognise that, within overall retained funds, costs of strategic
management and school improvement may be higher in recognition of the
strategic role of the LEA in joining up initiatives and undertaking new pro-
active work for the PSA.

Change 6

In future school inspections and for the next round of LEA inspections
(beginning Spring 2002), OFSTED, in determining the intensity, nature and
form of an inspection of an individual school or LEA, will take into account the
school's or LEA's performance in an earlier inspection; performance against a
range of performance indicators; and any relevant data which would include
evidence from moderated self-evaluation.


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Within the first six months of the PSA the DfEE, OFSTED and Medway
Council will discuss together ways of strengthening moderated self-evaluation
as an important dimension of the approach to inspection.

Change 7

In order to encourage schools to set both minimum expectations of
performance and more challenging targets, the City Council and
Medwayschools to set statutory performance targets for education as a range
from modest to ambitious, with due regard being given to these ranges in
publication of targets and judgements about performance, beyond any
statutory requirement.
Change 8

The Government recognise that, in the local publication of examination
results, the City Council may choose to show separately results relating to
children looked after, beyond the statutory requirements.

Change 9

The DFEE will work with Medway Council on the Pupil Support Allowance
arrangements within the Standards Fund to allow immediate priority to those
Children Looked After who meet the criteria as an incentive to schools to
provide additional support to such pupils as quickly as possible.

SOCIAL SERVICES (TARGET 4)

Change 10

The Department of Health will work with the Council to clarify procedures for
information sharing between agencies, and will discuss with the Council how
they might participate in any pilot programmes that arise from the
Department‟s work on information sharing.

Change 11

The DETR will give approval to the current Invest to Save Round 3 bid from
Medway Council to provide laptop computers and develop intranet services
for foster carers.

FIRE SAFETY (TARGET 5)

Change 12

At this stage, there are no specific changes required in relation to this target,
but the Government acknowledges that Medway Council and the West
Midlands Fire Authority would expect their views on standards of fire cover
and charging for services to be taken into account in the national reviews of
these issues currently taking place.


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This assurance is given by the Secretary of State for the Environment,
Transport and the Regions and the Secretary of State for the Home
Department

CRIME REDUCTION (TARGET 6)

Change 13

The Home Secretary to work with Medway Council and the
MedwayCommunity Safety Partnership to explore options for providing
stability in the funding stream for that partnership (Exploration of funding
streams for the Partnership to be in discussion with the Regional Crime
Reduction Director).

Such assurance to be given by the Home Secretary.

Change 14

The Council to be given assurances as to the minimum annual allocations it
will receive from the Crime Reduction Programme for 2001/02 (current bids, if
approved, to count towards “agreed minimum” for 2001/02), 2002/03 and
2003/04, by 31st March 2001. (Actual payment of grant to be subject to
approval of specific project bid(s) by the Regional Crime Reduction Director -
both in crime reduction and financial terms). Furthermore, the maximum
length of project duration for Authority schemes submitted to the Crime
Reduction Programme to be extended from 18 months to 3 years, subject to
approval of specific project bid(s) by the Regional Crime Reduction Director.

Assurance to be given by the Home Secretary. Extension of project duration
to be made through amendment to the administrative rules governing the
Crime Reduction Programme.

WASTE REDUCTION (TARGET 7)

Change 15

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions will
support Medway Council's initiatives to increase recycling and recovery of
materials. In particular, DETR will make best endeavours to legislate to enable
pilot schemes on:
 charging householders for the disposal of mixed waste at Household
    Waste Recycling Centres; and

   giving councils the power to direct waste collection authorities to separate
    the collection of waste, particularly recyclable materials

Change 16




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The Treasury and Customs & Excise will conduct constructive discussions
with Medway Council on options for reforming the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme,
with the aim of increasing recycling rates of household waste.

Change 17

To test some of the potential benefits of a more flexible approach to local
authority borrowing within prudential limits, as described in the September
2000 Green Paper on local government finance, the Government will permit
the authority scope for an additional £2,500,000 of borrowing during the
period of the PSA. The borrowing will be unsupported by any additional grant
or subsidy.

To effect this, early in the financial year 2001-02, DETR will issue an
Unsupported Credit Approval (i.e. a Supplementary Credit Approval with no
revenue support attached) of £2,500,000 to Medway Council. This will be
disregarded in the calculation of Revenue Support Grant and Housing
Revenue Account Subsidy or any successor schemes. The UCA will be
usable in support of the following projects in respect of the period covered by
the local PSA and will permit the authority to undertake capital expenditure
defrayed in that period, or credit agreements entered into or varied in that
period, where the expenditure or credit cover required for the credit
arrangements does not exceed £2,500,000 million:


The Unsupported Credit Approval of £2,500,000 is to be used in support of:
   The purchase of household waste recycling bins
   The purchase and/or modification of collection vehicles and associated
    capital costs
   The installation of charging facilities and redesign of household waste
    sites

TRANSPORT (TARGETS 8 AND 9)

Change 18

The Government will consider revising the current provisions of notification
served under section 58 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, to
remove the current requirement to advertise in the London Gazette.

Change 19

The Government has made clear that a high level of expenditure on road
maintenance will be necessary to achieve the targets set in Transport
2010:TheTen Year Plan. The Government is aiming to provide sufficient
resources to each local authority to halt the deterioration in the condition of
local roads by 2004 and to eliminate the backlog by the end of the period
covered by the Plan. These resources will be made available in the form of
both revenue and capital provision. Currently revenue resources are allocated


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to authorities through the highway maintenance standard spending
assessment formula. Capital provision is allocated by means of formulae in
respect of principal roads, bridges and non-principal roads.

In respect of capital provision, the Government has guaranteed to provide
£6.2 million in 2001/02 and £6.2 million in 2002/03 for the road maintenance
element of Medway‟s local transport capital settlement. In addition, the
Government has guaranteed that no authority will receive less than 75% of
the amount of its 2002/03 maintenance allocation for each of the years from
2003/04 to 2005/06. The Government has made provision for further capital
resources – above and beyond these minimum allocations which for Medway
total £26.3 million - to be made available in respect of road maintenance for
the period 2003/4 to 2005/6. All other things being equal, Medway can expect
to receive a significant additional amount in each of these years. The size of
that amount will be determined through the application of the formulae
described above. However, the Government is aware that Medway intend to
enter into a PPP agreement to fund their accelerated programme of
maintenance. Accordingly, the Government would be willing to discuss with
Medway how liabilities arising from this agreement are to met in the light of
the amounts to be made available to the authority through the formulaic
allocation of resources for the period 2003/04-2005/06.

The Ten Year Plan also sets out the Government‟s intention to make
provision, for England outside London, for £10.9 billion of public capital for the
period 2006/7 to 2010/11. Save for that element which is made available in
respect of major schemes, authorities will have discretion to use the available
resources as they see fit. The Government has, however, earmarked £6.2
billion of that amount for road maintenance. In addition, the Government has
made provision for £10.1 billion of revenue for local road maintenance for the
same period. This represents an increase of 18% in real terms over the total
available for 2001/02 to 2005/06.

Medway Council can reasonably expect to continue to receive very substantial
allocations from this increased aggregate of planned expenditure on road
maintenance for the second LTP period.

This assurance is given by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport
and the Regions.

Change 20

The DETR advises that Medway Council, as an approved authority for the
purposes of decriminalised parking enforcement, will be eligible to receive
powers under regulations to be made under the provisions of Section 144 of
the Transport Act 2000 to enforce bus lanes. Provided Medway meet the
conditions for approval by the Secretary of State, as provided for under
Section 144 of the 2000 Act, the DETR will include Medway in the first phase
of authorities allowed to take up bus lane enforcement powers. Subject to the
drafting and laying of the regulations these powers will be effective from 1
April 2002.


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EMPLOYMENT (TARGET 10)

Change 21

The Department for Education and Employment will encourage the
Employment Service and the Learning and Skills Council and the Benefits
Agency to work as co-operatively as possible with Medway Council to develop
the partnership arrangements necessary to deliver local PSA targets, eg on
local co-ordination of employment programmes, and education and training
programmes to improve employability.

Change 22

The Department for Education and Employment will use its best endeavours
to work with the authority over the period covered by the local PSA in further
developing the New Deal, especially in the area covered by the East and
North-West Regeneration Zones and New Deal For Communities area 1 in
Birmingham, which would include testing new approaches to address the
needs of the most disadvantaged groups.

Change 23

The Department for Education and Employment will use its best endeavours
to provide improved local data, including employment rates by ethnicity, in
Summer 2001.

ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT (TARGET 11)

Change 24

The Council to be informed of the indicative resource allocations to be made
available to the Authority from the Local Government On Line Fund for the
financial years 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2003/04 by the 31st March 2001, subject
to production of a satisfactory Implementing E-Government statement.

The Council to be informed by letter by the DETR.

Change 25

To test some of the potential benefits of a more flexible approach to local
authority borrowing within prudential limits, as described in the September
2000 Green Paper on local government finance, the Government will permit
the authority scope for an additional £2,500,000 of borrowing during the
period of the PSA. The borrowing will be unsupported by any additional grant
or subsidy.

To effect this, early in the financial year 2001-02, DETR will issue an
Unsupported Credit Approval (i.e. a Supplementary Credit Approval with no
revenue support attached) of £2,500,000 to Medway Council. This will be


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disregarded in the calculation of Revenue Support Grant and Housing
Revenue Account Subsidy or any successor schemes.

The UCA will be usable in support of the following projects in respect of the
period covered by the local PSA and will permit the authority to undertake
capital expenditure defrayed in that period, or credit agreements entered into
or varied in that period, where the expenditure or credit cover required for the
credit arrangements does not exceed £2,500,000.
The Unsupported Credit Approval of £2,500,000 is to be used in support of
capital expenditure involved in the development of a new Corporate Contact
Centre for the City Council, the development of the City Council's web site to
deliver direct customer access and associated expenditure thereto.

JOINT INTENTION

As part of its PSA submission, Medway Council sought a new understanding
with the Government in respect of the National Exhibition Centre and NEC
Limited to promote growth and commercial success. Although it was not
possible to complete this within the timetable for the PSA, both parties will
work together to establish the options for the future financing and ownership
structure of the National Exhibition Centre by the end of September 2001.




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SCHEDULE THREE

INITIAL GRANT TO MEDWAY COUNCIL, IN SUPPORT OF INVESTMENT
TO SAVE COSTS OR IMPROVE SERVICES

The intentions of the Government set out here are subject to the outcome of
any statutory consultations and the approval of the Treasury and the House of
Commons.

Medway Council proposes the expenditures described in Table 1 below and
quantified in column 2 of Table 1. The Secretary of State proposes to pay the
amounts of grant shown in column 3 in respect of these projects in the
financial year 2001/02.


Table 1

1) Invest     to    save/improve     2) Expenditure          3) Grant
    Project                          [total   expenditure    [amount of pump-priming
[brief description of each project   on project, including   grant    supporting the
and uses for funds]                  other sources of        project]
                                     funding (if any)]
To raise standards in schools
Computer hardware and project
co-ordination to expand and
increase access to Grid for
Learning
Smoke alarms and a fire
awareness campaign
Community Chest pump-priming
grants
Set up Local Employment
Partnership      and     improve
monitoring and evaluation
Smart cards and readers
Digital TV services
Information Kiosk Networks
Technician Training
TOTAL

It would be a condition of payment of the grant that it be used as expenditure
for capital purposes, or expenditure to be treated as such by virtue of a
capitalisation direction under section 40(6) of the Local Government and
Housing Act 1989.




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SCHEDULE FOUR


PERFORMANCE REWARD GRANT FOR MEDWAY COUNCIL


The intentions of the Government set out here are subject to the outcome of
any statutory consultations and the approval of the Treasury and the House of
Commons.

The Secretary of State will pay a grant of an amount equivalent to 2.5% of the
authority‟s net budget requirement for 2000/01, if the authority meets or
exceeds all the performance targets with local PSA set out in schedule 1. The
Medway Council net budget requirement for 2000/01 was £xxxxxx. The
maximum potential grant is 2.5% of this sum, i.e. £xxxxxx

The grant will be calculated as follows:

(i) The total potential grant of 2.5% of the net budget requirement will be
    allocated among the targets in equal shares, subject to a maximum share
    for any one target of one-twelfth (i.e. £ xxxx for each of the targets of the
    local PSA). Thus, if there are fewer than twelve targets, the maximum
    grant will be less than 2.5% of the net budget requirement.

(ii) The proportion of the amount allocated to a target (£xxxx) that is to be
     included in the grant payable to the authority is the same as the
     proportion of the „enhancement in performance with the local PSA‟ that
     the authority achieves in excess of the „performance expected without the
     local PSA‟, subject to a maximum proportion of 100% and a minimum of
     60%. If the proportion would be less than 60%, nothing is included in the
     grant in relation to that target.

Where a target comprises a number of sub-targets, an analogous calculation
is to be made as in (ii) above. The amount allocated to the target is divided
equally among the sub-targets. The entitlement in relation to each sub-target
is determined by reference to performance in respect of that sub-target, using
the same proportions as stipulated in (ii) above and subject to the same
maximum and minimum.

Except where otherwise specified, where targets are set out for more than one
year performance reward grant will be assessed against performance in the
year 2003/04 only (with interim PRG in relation to 2002/03).

The grant will be paid in two equal instalments in the financial years 2004/05
and 2005/06, subject to the qualification below relating to interim payments.

Where the authority and the Government have agreed an interim level of
performance in relation to a target, as specified in schedule 1, and the


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authority achieves it, the Government intends to pay one-fifth of the grant
allocated to that target (i.e. £xxxx ) in the financial year 200x/x. This is treated
as a „payment on account‟. The definitive calculation of the grant will be made
as described above. The balance of the grant entitlement will be paid in equal
instalments in the two subsequent financial years. If the definitive calculation
yields a grant entitlement less than the „payment on account‟, the excess will
be recovered in 200x/x.

Half of each instalment of the grant will be paid as a capital grant, and half as
a revenue grant.




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