Third Sector And Local Engagement

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  • Third Sector And Local Engagement

    1. 1. Getting involved The third sector and local engagement Robert Beard Improving Local Partnerships Policy Adviser  NAVCA, The Tower, 2 Furnival Square, SHEFFIELD S1 4QL  +(0)114 289 3984  [email_address]
    2. 2. <ul><li>Policy context – localisation </li></ul><ul><li>Government policy is to shift power to make decisions about local issues from Westminster to local areas </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Policy context – localisation </li></ul><ul><li>Government wants local decisions to be informed by the local experience, knowledge and expertise of third sector organisations (TSOs) </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Policy context – localisation </li></ul><ul><li>Local strategic partnerships (LSPs) have been set up in every local authority area, to bring together the public, private and third sectors </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Policy context – localisation </li></ul><ul><li>Each LSP has negotiated a local area agreement (LAA) with its regional Government Office, setting out local priorities </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Opportunities for the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>TSOs can work with local infrastructure organisations (LIOs) to contribute to the localisation of service design and delivery </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Opportunities for the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>TSOs and their members have knowledge, experience, expertise and track-record in providing services to ‘need to reach’ groups , plus commitment to their areas </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Opportunities for the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>TSOs can contribute to local democracy, facilitate councillors’ access to ‘need to reach’ groups and empower those furthest from decision making to ensure their voices are heard </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Opportunities for the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>The economic downturn may offer the third sector an opportunity to present itself as the best value option for delivering services </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Comprehensive area assessment </li></ul><ul><li>CAA is a single assessment process, undertaken by the Audit Commission and six partner inspectorates, replacing Comprehensive Performance Assessment </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Comprehensive area assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to put citizens at the centre of the assessment process, reduce inequalities and address discrimination </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Comprehensive area assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Local councils and public bodies expected to demonstrate increasing partnership working to tackle local challenges in which TSOs are stakeholders </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Comprehensive area assessment </li></ul><ul><li>CAA focuses on effective delivery of local services and on experience and perceptions of whether they are the right services, meeting the needs of the disadvantaged </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Comprehensive area assessment </li></ul><ul><li>CAA will use green flags to indicate exceptional or innovative achievements, and red flags to indicate concerns about poor performance or prospects </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Comprehensive area assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Third sector officers and reps need to engage with CAA, to maximise the sector’s involvement in and influence on local public services </li></ul>
    16. 16. Getting involved The third sector and local engagement Robert Beard Improving Local Partnerships Policy Adviser  NAVCA, The Tower, 2 Furnival Square, SHEFFIELD S1 4QL  +(0)114 289 3984  [email_address]

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