The Labour Party is inviting voluntary sector organisations to provide feedback on a number of issues that they want to include in their next manifesto.
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Received with thanks from Cllr Clare Neill, Cabinet Member, Derbyshire County Council Adult Social Care
The Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has asked leading Labour councillors to contribute to Labour’s Policy Review:
“We can learn how to improve public services in tough times not just from our history but from our present. I am incredibly proud that Labour in local government is making a difference even in tough times. Let us pay tribute to all of those councillors for their work. And I want that work to shape the work of the next Labour government too.
So I’ve asked Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester council, Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage council and Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney to lead a new Taskforce to advise us on how we can make a difference even when there is less money around. These leaders have led the way in their own communities and they will now help shape our plans for public services for the years ahead.”
Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Speech to Labour’s National Policy Forum, 22 June 2013.
The Local Government Innovation Taskforce will conduct an open inquiry into public service reform and publish a report in 2014 for consideration as part of Labour’s Policy Review.
The Taskforce has seven members in total, all leading Labour councillors:
• Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
• Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council
• Mayor Jules Pipe, Hackney London Borough Council
• Cllr Kate Haigh, Leader of Gloucester City Council Labour Group
• Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council
• Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
• Cllr Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council.
Download full biographies of each Taskforce member (PDF, 2 pages, 194KB)
The Taskforce’s Call for Evidence
The Taskforce is seeking your views, and has launched an open Call for Evidence requesting written submissions from all interested parties including councillors, groups and councils; community and voluntary organisations; the public sector; trade unions; businesses and individuals.
Respondents are asked to submit evidence which will contribute to a new strategy for public services based on place, built on the innovations that are already emerging from local areas and lessons from pioneering Labour councils. The Taskforce will consider how the relationships between all public services, organisations and people could be transformed if they were organised around local areas rather than institutional hierarchies.
Download the full Call for Evidence document (PDF, 4 pages, 151KB)
The Taskforce will consider how an approach to public services based on place might produce better results in any of the following areas:
• Boosting jobs-creating growth
• Creating jobs and improving skills
• Building homes and infrastructure
• Tackling worklessness
• Integrating health and social care
• Supporting families
• Supporting early years and progression through education
• Increasing power for individuals and communities
• Ensuring democratic accountability.
The Taskforce is particularly interested in hearing about any of the following innovations:
• Place-based budgeting
• Demand management
• Savings and efficiencies
• Income generation
• Local empowerment and participation
• Community capacity and resilience.
With these in mind, the Taskforce would like to receive evidence that addresses any of the following questions:
Public services and place
• How can public services be more effectively organised around ‘place’ (that is, locality)?
• Is there evidence that organising services around place would produce better outcomes for people and/or lead to savings to the public purse?
• Are there new ways in which local services could be organised to meet people’s needs and aspirations more effectively?
Prevention and integration
• Can resources be deployed at an early stage at a local level to make savings further down the line? Please provide examples where possible.
• Can local services work better together to improve quality and make savings? Again, please provide examples where possible.
Barriers and costs
• Are there barriers to public services innovating to meet the needs and aspirations of people in your area? If so, how could they be addressed?
• Does centralised decision making create barriers to service improvement at a local level? If so, how could they be addressed?
• Does centralised decision making impose a financial or efficiency cost on public services? What is the evidence of this?
• Can people and communities have more power and involvement over decisions which affect them? If so, how?
All views are welcome. Participants are asked to answer as many questions as they wish and submit any evidence relevant to the areas outlined above.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for written evidence is 18 December 2013.
If you need help in submitting your views you can forward your comments to us and we will complete the form for you as a voluntary organisation.