(179) citizenship council (august 2011)Presentation Transcript
What’s different between Barnsley & • Population of Barnsley - about 250,000 • Population of Athens at peak of its achievements - about 250,000 • Do we see ourselves as a weak, dependent, needy community? • Or, as a gied, rich and diverse community that needs to fulﬁl its potential? • Do we support citizenship?
What iscitizenship?1. Rights & Duties - fairness2. Control - autonomy3. Direction - purpose4. Money - independence5. Home - belonging6. Help - needs7. Community - contribution
Citizenship is undermined by apassivity designed into thecurrent welfare settlement: • Services as gis - not as rights or entitlements • No duties - passive recipients, no expectations or contribution • Services controlled from above - no personalisation • Services isolating people from community • Standardisation - community innovation discouraged
But it doesn’t need to be this way...
Barnsley has already led the way in afundamental shift in power -• Flexible entitlements - not services• Partnership between services and citizens• Services accountable to local people• People playing a fuller role in community life• Local services and local enterprise
Different is possible - • Personalisation was created subversively by local people and local government • Barnsley led the way in developing good practice • ere is oen more slack in how systems work than we realise • Central government oen Bottom-up plays catch up Change
This isn’t just about adult social care - ittouches everything
Much of the welfare system is a
We could shift to a citizenship model • Fair tax system for all • Minimum income and housing rights - an entitlement for all • Individual Budgets for all people who need extra help and advice • Core local services - free to all
Citizenship Council means...1. Clarify local rights and duties for all citizens2. Deﬁne the core universal free services3. Extend and simplify the individual budgets (all social care, healthcare, some education and other forms of personalised support)4. Clear map and framework for local community decision- making5. Opening up opportunities for local innovation and community development6. Advocate with local citizens to achieve their entitlements where resources are under control of central government
But we will need tobe very smart• e UK has most centralised welfare system in the world• Westminster-centric media circus• Cuts target local government• Politicians and media scapegoat local government• We have got used to our dependence on Whitehall
Current government talks aboutlocalism - but what localism?
Where does all themoney go? • As a proportion of state spending there is £900 million missing from local economy. • Beneﬁts biggest expenditure - no local control • NHS largest service - no local control • Education - now centrally funded • Employment support - centrally commissioned
What are our1. Accept current relationship and trends - adapt to the assault on local democracy2. Challenge current relationship - reassert the role of local government - ﬁnd allies for real localism - build new policy position - advocate for local citizens rights3. Innovate within current structures - create new citizenship- focused model of local government as model for future reformed system4. Do all 3 of the above at the same time...
1. Government policy is confused - butit is still ripe with opportunities • Total Place - requires local government leadership • Health Reforms - integration of PHBs into ASC model • Localism - consistent with neighbourhood approach • Big Society - consistent with local community partnerships • Personalisation - can be extended to healthcare, children, education, criminal justice, employment...
2. Innovation comes from refusing todo less even when there is less money, • Build on existing innovation - some of the best innovations already exist in our communities • Shi resources down - identify more areas to extend personalisation • Integrate deeper - create genuine points of integration - earlier • Learn & network - share ideas quicker, celebrate achievements • Share responsibility - share the problem with the community
3. A new script for local governmentneeds to emerge from within local • Connect to other places - learn and develop with like-minded leaders • Develop evidence - ask the right questions, gather data, share stories • Create a new policy position - deﬁne the constitutional changes necessary to support real localism • Long-term thinking - be strategic and seek sustainable reform • Build an alliance for real localism - develop a leadership cohort
Ask new questions- build localism on1. Rights & Duties - Clear entitlements? Clear rules?2. Control - Freedom? Real options? Self-determination?3. Direction - Lives of real meaning and purpose?4. Money - Enough to live on? Free from dependency?5. Home - Decent homes? Safe, welcoming neighbourhoods?6. Help - Reliable and respectful support?7. Community - Contribute? Work? Develop?