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Meeting of the Executive held on 06/09/2005
A Local Area Agreement for Surrey



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to summarise Government policy in respect of Local Area Agreements, inform Members of progress in developing a Local Area Agreement for Surrey and identify the implications for Waverley of this Council’s participating in a Surrey Local Area Agreement.

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APPENDIX B
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE - 6TH SEPTEMBER 2005

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Title:
A LOCAL AREA AGREEMENT FOR SURREY

[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to summarise Government policy in respect of Local Area Agreements, inform Members of progress in developing a Local Area Agreement for Surrey and identify the implications for Waverley of this Council’s participating in a Surrey Local Area Agreement.

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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

The government guidance suggests six key themes for action in Local Area Agreements. These six themes are: economic development; travel, access and mobility; housing and associated infrastructure; changing lifestyles; culture, communities and identity; and public services and democracy. A successful Local Area Agreement is likely to have a positive impact on the local environment, social inclusion, safe, healthy and active communities and the local economy.

E-Government implications:

Local Area Agreements have no specific or new e-government implications, although it is expected that the partners involved in a Surrey Local Area Agreement will use normal tools such as e-mail and the internet to facilitate communication and monitoring of the agreement.

Resource and legal implications:

The Director of Finance has undertaken an analysis of Waverley’s current expenditure (both direct and in partnership with others) on the service areas (see below and at Annexe 1) that may form part of a LAA; this analysis is attached at Annexe 2. The ODPM’s guidance on LAA’s refers to a number of funding streams that will support LAAs, as well as a reward element for authorities that achieve measurable stretched performance. However, new money for a LAA in Surrey seems unlikely.

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Local Area Agreements – Government Policy

1. In July 2004, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister published “Local Area Agreements: a prospectus”. That document states that “a key part of the developing strategy for enabling better public services to be delivered more effectively locally is to provide a new framework for the relationship between central and local government.” Local Area Agreements are part of that “new framework” and will place the emphasis on achieving local solutions that meet local needs whilst also contributing to national priorities and the achievement of standards set by central government.


Summary diagram showing the principles of Local Area Agreements.

2. In March 2005, the Government announced 20 single tier and county councils that would be piloting Local Area Agreements. On 22nd June 2005 the ODPM announced that a further 66 local authorities and their partners will be involved in a second round of LAAs and that agreements will be rolled out to all top tier authorities by 2007.

3. Detailed guidance has been published by the ODPM (see the department’s website athttp://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_localgov/documents/sectionhomepage/odpm_localgov_page.hcsp ) and a toolkit has been prepared by IDeA (see their website at http://www.idea-knowledge.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=817524 ). This guidance indicates the sort of outcomes that authorities should be looking for under each of the five blocks that would form part of a LAA. The five blocks are:

1. Children and Young People
2. Safer and Stronger Communities
3. Healthier Communities and Older People
4. Economic Development and Enterprise
5. Cross Cutting 4. The guidance talks of a strong performance management framework being needed to support a Local Area Agreement – for each of the possible outcomes listed in the ODPM guidance there are also one or more specific indicators identified.

5. Reproduced below is a snapshot from the ODPM guidance showing the range of indicators that might be used to measure whether an LAA achieved cleaner, greener and safer public spaces (this is reproduced only as an example).


Developing a Local Area Agreement for Surrey

6. Surrey County Council, with the eleven district councils as partners, was one of the 66 local authorities announced on 22nd June. The Surrey Strategic Partnership has moved quickly to formulate priority themes and outcomes.

7. Six themes have been identified for action:

1. Economic development
2. Travel, access and mobility
3. Housing and associated infrastructure
4. Changing lifestyles
5. Culture, communities and identity
6. Public services and democracy 8. At Annexe 1 there is a list of proposals for projects that would form part of a Surrey LAA – these are proposed by the Surrey Strategic Partnership and are currently being worked up into a detailed LAA proposal. That proposal needs to be submitted to the Government Office for the South East by 28th September after which point detailed negotiations with the Government Office about the final content – outcomes and indicators of the LAA will commence. It is anticipated that the final LAA submission will be agreed by the Surrey Strategic Partnership in December 2005 with the LAA to be signed by the Minister in February 2006.

9. District Councils in Surrey have been asked to indicate which of the projects listed at Annexe 1 they are able to support with a view to reducing the list to between four and six projects. All the items listed have resonance either with Waverley’s Corporate Priorities or with the Community Strategy. Waverley’s Community Strategy identifies transport as a high priority and this is a key area where the local community could benefit from successful partnership working. Consequently, the Chief Executive has indicated to the Surrey Strategic Partnership that she is prepared to take the lead on the transport project outlined at T01/T11 in Annexe 1.

Recommendation

That members note the content of this report and support these initial stages in developing a Local Area Agreement for Surrey.

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Background Papers (CEx)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Louise Goodfellow Telephone: 01483 523148

E-mail: lgoodfellow@waverley.gov.uk

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