Abstracts: July 22nd, 2004

The Innovation Forum was created to promote dialogue between central and local government and its partners, on new ways of working to deliver better services to local communities. The Forum is ‘jointly owned’ by central Government and the councils with excellent Comprehensive Performance Assessment scores. The role of the Forum is to develop, explore and test new ways of working to deliver improved outcomes for local people.For central Government, the proven capacity of the excellent councils provides a valuable resource to draw upon in developing new policy around shared local and national priorities. For local government, the Forum provides an opportunity to work jointly with central Government to implement innovative arrangements to improve outcomes in the delivery of services at the frontline and to contribute to central policy development. The work of the Forum is of potential benefit everywhere as the learning from pilots will be shared with the rest of local government and its partners.

The Forum brings together excellent local authorities and their partners with Government Ministers and their officials. It is facilitated by the ODPM and LGA who help to co-ordinate the respective interests to shape the work programme and processes and link to other Government initiatives and areas of policy. The IDeA is supporting councils who are leading projects and communicating learning through IDeA Knowledge and key events. Membership of the Forum is open for at least a year to councils whose category slips to ‘good’.

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