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Third Sector, Commissioning and the Big Society in Brighton & Hove


Two presentations back-to-back form a Community Workers Conference in brighton last week. …

Two presentations back-to-back form a Community Workers Conference in brighton last week.

The first was used by Sally Polanski, Chief Officer of the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum to guide us through the current approach to commissioning in the city, with a particular emphasis on how the third sector could add value to the process.

The other is an overview of BigSociety and is based on an Urban Forum session which ran in the city recently. It was delivered by John Routledge, Head of Communities Team in the CIty Council.

Both offer an excellent primer on current issues, explain the jargon and start to explore potential opportunities.

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  • 1. Intelligent Commissioning & the Big Society
  • 2. What is Intelligent Commissioning?
    • ‘ Intelligence’ – sharing data at every stage of the commissioning cycle
    • The background papers ‘A Council the City Deserves’ – BHCC Cabinet Papers
    • Restructure at BHCC to accommodate ‘outcome’ based commissioning and remove silo commissioning
  • 3. Where is the revolution happening?
    • Outcomes based commissioning rather than departmental commissioning at BHCC
    • Evidencing social impact using new measurements, eg SROI
    • Performance Compacts – internal providers and external providers
    • Citizen voice embedded - ‘Community Engagement Framework’ knitted into the new Commissioning Framework
    • Co-design and co-production
    • Commissioners acting as ‘enablers’ rather than ‘directors’ of action and services
    • Be local: Buy local
  • 4. Achieving outcomes: three ringed circus? Buying services for people Enabling people to do it for themselves Giving people the money to buy their own services Intelligent commissioning
  • 5. Pilot projects: place based budgeting
    • Alcohol & Substance Misuse
    • Domestic Violence
    • Child Poverty needs analysis
  • 6. Sustainable Community Strategy
    • Promoting enterprise and learning
    • Reducing crime and improving safety
    • Improving health and well-being
    • Improving housing and affordability
    • Living within environmental limits and enhancing the environment
    • Promoting sustainable transport
    • Providing quality advice and information services
    • www.bandhsp.co.uk
  • 7. How will this affect groups locally?
    • The national backdrop is spending cuts – this is background rather than the
    • motivation for these changes
    • Locally:
    • Commissioning will involve de-commissioning
    • Level playing field to compete with ‘in-house’ Council run services
    • More competition for the work that you do from ‘employee spin-out organisations’
    • Important social advocacy role to enable citizen voice in designing and delivering services
    • Potential for more outcome focused and longer term contracts
    • Changing personnel in the City Council and loss of relationships
    • Changing performance management
    • Immediately:
    • Domestic Violence and Substance Misuse pilots: needs assessment stage now!
  • 8. Partnership and the intelligent commissioning cycle
  • 9. What should I do: look head on the horizon?
    • Keep informed – www.cvsectorforum.org.uk/ic
    • Read BHCC Cabinet Papers
    • Consider the ‘added value ’ that organisations provide and prepare to prove it to Commissioners – SROI models etc
    • Look for opportunities to collaborate : be flexible, relationships are important
    • Maintain excellent service user involvement practice and standards
    • Respond to consultations, surveys
    • Provide case studies around co-production
  • 10. CVSF’s activities
    • Community and voluntary sector reference group
    • Influencing documents and thinking, eg Commissioning Framework, needs analysis and outcome design, appropriate funding (use sector expertise)
    • Involving the sector in place based pilots: DV, drugs and alcohol and child poverty
    • Influencing Sustainable Community Strategy workshops using position statements
    • Influencing design of models to demonstrate added value and encourage Commissioners to ‘buy local’
    • Ensuring community engagement framework is embedded
    • Outreach to involve smaller groups (neighbourhoods and equalities)
    • Supporting the sector through change (ChangeUp)
    • CVSF reshaping representation and networks
  • 11. Discussion
    • Q&A for clarification on intelligent commissioning
  • 12. Policy context to Big Society
    • Public service reform – changing the roll of the state
    • Devolution and decentralisation
    • Public sector cuts – CSR October 20th
  • 13.
      • Review of Local
      • Local Gov Finance
    Localism and devolution
      • Decentralisation
      • & Localism Bill
      • Public Bodies Bill
      • Welfare Reform Bill
    Cutting of Welfare Budget by £11bn
      • GP Commissioning Consortia
      • Pensions and Savings Bill
    Academies Free Schools
  • 15. Reducing deficit in 5 yrs – 80% through public spending cuts A ‘progressive’ and ‘fair’ budget’? Economists divided Spending Review 20 th October The Chancellor’s Budget
  • 16. Office for Civil Society Goodbye Third Sector…Hello Civil Society!
  • 17.
      • Big Society Themes
    More active citizens, more volunteering Transferring power from central to local government (and then to communities?) Supporting co-ops, mutuals, charities and social enterprises Open government
  • 18.
      • Big Society Proposals
    Community ‘right to bid’, Community ‘right to buy’ and employee co-ops Train 5,000 Community Organisers Big Society Day & National Citizen Service Big Society Bank New Right to Data Communities First: small grants in deprived areas 4 “Vanguard” communities
  • 19. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?
  • 20.
    • Some things to think about...
      • Time-scales and different agendas
      • Communities providing services – competing with the private sector?
      • Accountability and safeguarding
      • Level of public appetite for taking over services unclear
      • Risks of exacerbating inequality?
    • Opportunities????
  • 21. Discussion
    • Q&A on Big Society
    • Any feedback for CVSF on either theme
    • Opportunities and challenges for you in your role
    Sally Polanski, CVSF [email_address] John Routledge, BHCC [email_address]