Archives for December 12th, 2005

LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS – SHAPING THEIR FUTURE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 December, 2005

This consultation document from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister describes the critical role for Local Strategic Partnerships and seeks views on the way forward. Collaboration is seen as essential to achieve efficient and coherent service delivery, rather than simply being ‘an addition to the day job’. Partnerships are crucial to the development of Local Area Agreements and the development of strong local leadership and devolved decision-making. In the last five years Partnerships have demonstrated that they are an effective vehicle for coordinating this way of working.The challenge is to develop LSPs, and ensure that they are well equipped with the right framework and the right powers to be able to realise their significant potential. The consultation focuses on a number of challenges including the need to develop and drive delivery of Local Area Agreements as well as the need to reshape community strategies. It also seeks views on the role of LSPs, their status and governance.

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IMPROVED PERFORMANCE FROM PLANNING AUTHORITIES

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 December, 2005

More than half of Local Planning Authorities met or surpassed the Government’s target to decide 60 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks in the year up to September. Housing and Planning Minister, Yvette Cooper, has announced that authorities’average performance across the country has improved.New figures show an increase of four per cent of both major and minor applications and three per cent of other applications were dealt with inside the target time limit, compared to six months earlier. The Minister said there were many individual success stories with 114 planning authorities improving their performance.

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GUIDE AIMS TO IMPROVE HEALTH SCRUTINY

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 December, 2005

A guide has been produced to improve the way in which local authority health scrutiny committees work with health bodies around ‘substantial variations and developments to health services’. The health bodies are obliged to consult scrutiny committees about such developments and the guide sets out to resolve challenges faced by both sides.The guide has been produced in response to research that has shown that while three quarters of scrutiny committees have been consulted about substantial variations and developments – SVDs – only a third have agreements with local health authorities about what constitutes a substantial change in a local context. The research also showed both parties in the process facing resource challenges around SVD consultations.

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