Prosperous Community Community Plan Delivery Group Monday 13 October 2008, 3.30 – 5.30 PM Professional Development Centre, Room 108 English Street, London E3 4TA CORE MEMBERSHIP *Indicates members in attendance Name Organisation / Group Position *Councillor Alibor Councillor Lead Member, Employment & Choudhury (Co-Chair) Skills *Liam Kane (Co-Chair) East London Business Alliance Chief Executive, ELBA *Paul Evans (COO) LBTH, Development & Renewal Interim Corporate Director Deborah Clarke LBTH / Primary Care Trust Joint Director, HR Gay Harrington Canary Wharf Group Chair of Business Forum *Derek Harvey Jobcentre Plus External Relations Manager Dr Jennifer Metropolitan University Director, The London Sommerville Enterprise Office Nigel Relph Queen Mary University Corporate Affairs Nicole Francis Learning and Skills Council *Sheila Bentham Tower Hamlets College Mary Durkin LBTH, Youth & Community Service Head, Youth & Learning Community Learning *Rosie Holcroft London Development Agency Senior Regeneration Manger Paul Brikell Leaside Regeneration Chief Executive, Leaside Regeneration Mike Tyler Tower Hamlets Education Chief Executive, Tower Business Partnership Hamlets Education Business Partnership June Morton Tower Hamlets Housing Forum Managing Director, Old Ford Housing Association *Deborah Cohen LBTH, Adult Services Service Head, Disability and Health To be advised Chair of Third Sector Employment Network *Andrew Attfield Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust Others in attendance Chris Holme, Service Head, Resources Sue Hinds, Access to Employment Manager Jackie Odunoye, Head of Strategy & Development Hanif Osmani, Ocean New Deal Communities Shaynul Khan, Assistant Director, London Muslim Centre Toni Meredew, Third Sector Employment Network Kevin Kewin, Policy Manager Shazia Hussain, Interim Director, Tower Hamlets Partnership Jamal Uddin, Partnership Support Officer Apologies Deborah Clarke, Joint Director, HR – LBTH / PCT Nicole Francis, Learning Skills Council Anita Spindler, Leaside Regeneration Gay Harrington, Canary Wharf Group Mike Tyler, Chief Executive, Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership Mark Grimley, Joint Assistant Director, Organisational Development Susan Ritchie, Interim Head, Participation & Engagement 1.0 Welcome and apologies for absence LK Co-Chair of the Prosperous Community Delivery Group opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the first Community Plan Delivery Group for Prosperous Communities. The following apologies were announced; Gay Harrington, Nicole Francis, Deborah Clarke, Mike Tyler, Mark Grimley, Anita Spindler and Susan Ritchie. Introductions were made round the table. 2.0 Terms of Reference SH provided the group with some background information regarding the refresh of the community plan 2020 and outcomes of new government policy. SH explained briefly the Partnership structure and informed the group that there would be greater accountability as delivery groups will be required to report back to the Partnership Executive Group, whom in turn will provide strategic guidance. They will also be required to showcase work activities and achievements to the Partnership Board for greater transparency. The chair at this point asked, how realistic it was to expect support and guidance from the Partnership Executive Group, especially when you consider the groups objective around cross – borough working. SH responded by informing the group that there would be an additional support function provided by an officer group. The Partnership Executive Support Group will provide policy and strategic advice and support to the Partnership Executive., It was further noted that previously the group’s (CPAGs) main focus was its strategic responsibility of allocating NRF and delivering the Community promises. The group was reminded that NRF has now come to an end and a new round of Working Neighbourhoods Fund will be made available to the Partnership but will not replace NRF. The main focus of each delivery group is to deliver the key LAA and community plan commitments and targets. The group considered its basket of LAA indicators. Particular focus was given to NI7 – Environment for a thriving 3rd sector. This indicator initially was part of the indicator set for Great Place for Living Delivery Group. SH outlined that there was some discussion at the Partnership Executive Group as to whether this indicator would serve a better purpose in the Prosperous Community Delivery group. It was agreed at the Executive that this would be given further thought once delivery plans were ready. This followed some discussion around the relevancy of moving the indicator. LK indicated the scope of the group was to highlight employment and enterprise and noted that the 3 rd sector was a much wider issue. However, co-chair Cllr AC noted at the meeting of the decision to abrogate the indicator into this group had been authorised. The Terms of Reference for CPDG were agreed. 2.1 Future meeting dates for the Delivery Group It was agreed that meeting dates would not take place on Wednesdays and times were indicative of this meeting i.e. 3.30 - 5.30 PM. 2.2 Membership list Meeting papers included a suggested membership list based on the pre- meeting discussion with co-chairs, COO and the Partnership team. The group was asked to discuss and agree membership. In the first instance, it was conveyed by LK that it was important that agreed members attend meetings regularly and discouraged members sending representatives. Cllr AC added that in some circumstances it would be understandable if representatives attend meetings to ensure the continuity of the group but this would need to be agreed prior to ensure the right people are around the table. It was noted that the following names would be included in the membership list – Andrew Attfield, PCT and the Chair of the Employment Network. In the absence of COF / community employment network, there was some further discussion around NDCs involvement in supporting the development of a community consortium. HO noted that Terms of Reference were being devised. LK upon reflection of the group noted that there were levels of good practice to be understood from this. He additionally requested SH and other relevant members to talk with NDC to further understand how this could be further developed and perhaps address the 3rd sector issues. JO mentioned that although a representative from the THHF should form part of the groups core membership – she understood that person could not be Adrian Greenwood as the list suggested. SH pointed out that Adrian had already nominated a person and the membership list would be updated. 3.0 Community Plan Scoping Paper PE delivered this part of the meeting by pointing out that Tower Hamlets is third on the Governments Index of Deprivation, yet it has one of the strongest and fastest growing economies in the country thanks to largely the growth of Canary Wharf and the closeness to the city. It was noted that making local people benefit from this economic prosperity would be the key challenge for the delivery group. The meeting heard the best way to break the cycle of poverty was to raise the educational attainment of young people through schools but also improving access to skills and lifelong learning. There was also significant work with employers to open up those employment opportunities to local people. It was also noted that the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games would provide a further catalyst for growth. The priorities are as follows; 1. Supporting excellent learning opportunities for all; 2. Reducing Worklessness; 3. Fostering Enterprise; The following is an assessment of delivery capacity which the group considered; To underpin the Family Support and Parental Engagement strategy which, will help deliver different aspects of the prosperous community agenda Developing a cross-cutting child poverty strategy to underpin the CYPP and employment strategy Continue focus on progressing English at all stages in the boroughs schools. In relation, 2008 GCSE results would provide clear indication of where resources need to be targeted. Changing economic climate may create a new level of challenge in getting families into employment Employment sub – group is developing an Employment strategy; setting out action to improve employment rate and inter – generational worklessness Action 2; LK was conscious that not everyone around the table would have seen the employment strategy. He requested JU to ensure that members are sent copies. As one of the 5 borough partners to the City Strategy Pathfinder a Single Point of Access model has been developed. Successful elements of the model will influence delivery of services in the borough. To support the development of the groups objectives there was further mention of developing a Multi Area Agreement across the 5 Olympic host boroughs which is envisaged to shape the future of resourcing and commissioning. It was addressed that appropriate activity be resourced through the WNF to compliment current activities. The group was asked to consider whether there are elements missing and where the group needs to draw further attention. There was some discussion regarding whether in reality any real progress had been made in terms of economic wellbeing of the local community. FY added that situation has not changed in TH mainly because we are not targeting the right people or groups. SB pointed out that there are multiple issues that need addressing and a range of interventions for different communities as a result. She further added that the groups responsibilities need to be very clear i.e. the Terms Of Reference should be more specific to the scope of each delivery group. Few others agreed to this notion. However, it was mentioned in response that the scoping paper is to provide each delivery group with clear guidelines as they begin to develop delivery plans around the key driver / focus of LAA targets. Cllr AC wanted some clarity as to why the scoping papers did not explicitly address accountability and transparency. AC was assured that new Partnership structures include means to ensure transparency and accountability of all strands of the Partnership as a key feature. Delivery groups are required to report progress to the Partnership Executive Group on a quarterly basis and in turn 3 times a year the Partnership Board will hold them all accountable and ensure activities and progress is transparent. LK noted that this feature reflects the poor communication in the past. It is important that key messages are received by appropriate agencies or groups. LAPs were an example used. Action 3: It was noted that communication protocols are to be discussed at the next meeting. LAA Delivery / WNF PE informed the meeting that Cabinet agreed commissioning for the allocation of WNF to address the following 3 goals; 1. The short terms imperative to get 4,000 local residents into sustainable employment 2. The long term goal to prevent our current large population of young people becoming the workless of the future – early intervention and prevention 3. Targeted work with excluded groups with a clear focus on moving people into employment 5 programme streams were identified to address the three strategic goals above. These are; Family focused engagement Pre-employment skills and support to access local jobs Accelerating improvement in educational attainment Early intervention with young people at risk of worklessness Support for socially excluded groups to help them move into employment The limited resource of WNF is to be targeted towards; Interventions where we have clear evidence of what works Innovative approaches which supplement mainstream programmes Areas which are not already being addressed by the key funders in relation to employability and skills, Jobcentre plus and Learning & Skills Council A tender document will be produced by end of October. The document will request proposals in line with the 5 programme streams and reflect the criteria agreed in the strategic statement on Working Neighbourhood Fund, encompassing the agreed priorities. Tender process will ensure tenders are advertised in early November – proposals must be returned by Friday 21st November 2008 Appraisals would be carried out during the period of January 2009 Interventions will be commissioned by 1st April 2009 There was some discussion around how proposals would be assessed to ensure transparency. It was understood that every proposal would be judged on its own merit. LK pointed out the amount of WNF available in Tower Hamlets is around £10.4 million and noted that each directorate would have some funding ring fenced. Some members were confused as to how WNF would be allocated. Refer to document (Appendix A) for further information. Development and Renewal Update on Key Research and Statistical Projects Sue H briefly updated the meeting with key research and statistical projects commissioned by the Directorate. Many of the projects will be completed by December 2008. This has been driven by the LAs duty to develop an Economic Assessment of their areas in 2010. It was noted that the economic downturn has implications for the Directorate’s targets and it has therefore been vital that we quickly develop our understanding of what this could mean for the boroughs economy. Refer to document (Appendix B) for further information on research projects. Draft Terms of Reference – Enterprise Task Group In the absence of GH it was noted that the Enterprise Task Group would be acting as a sub group of the Prosperous Communities Delivery Group. The group was not able to go through the Terms of Reference in any detail. Action 4: However, the meeting noted that updates of this group would be brought to the meeting regularly. 4. Any Other Business Healthy Challenge Fund The meeting was informed of how the PCT, LA and local community organisations have submitted a second stage bid for up for up £5 million to the Healthy Community Challenge Fund for a multi-agency programme to be delivered between January / February 2009 – March 2011 The bid was submitted at the end of September 2008. The purpose of the national fund is to ‘test and evaluate different approaches to making regular physical activity and healthy food choices easier for local communities, with the aim of preventing overweight and obesity in England’. This ties in well with the Boroughs community plan commitments. The next Prosperous Community Delivery Group is planned for Thursday 15 January 2008, 3.30 – 5.30 PM, at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG.