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1 1 Growing the Big Society to improve individual lives, communities and wider society 23 June 2011 Sheila Battersby Policy Manager Cabinet Office

2 2 Big Society: a top Government priority – David Cameron Big Society speech 23 May 2011 What: Giving everyone the chance to get on in life and making our country a better place to live... A country of do-ers and go-getters, where people feel they are in control of their destiny, where they trust those around them, and where they have the power to transform their lives. Why: Social problems need social solutions...if we get it right, it will not just benefit our society, it will benefit our economy too. How: Modernising public services, rebuilding responsibility, strengthening family and community…all this represents a massive cultural change.

3 3 Big Society: a society where people have more power and responsibility over their lives, their local community and the services they use Promoting Social Action Open Public Services Empowering Communities

4 4 Growing the Big Society: Government action to help grow the Big Society Promoting social action Empowering communities Open public services National Citizen Service: pilots reaching over 10, year olds in England in 2011 Giving White Paper e.g. Technology; Gift Aid; business Big Society Awards Volunteering Community Organisers: 5,000 over CSR period Community First: match funded grass-roots grants Localism Bill: Right to Challenge; Right to Buy Greater transparency e.g. street level crime data; LA spend over £ applications for free schools, start Sep 2011 Mutuals: Right to Provide; 21 pathfinders Greater freedoms for Local Authorities e.g. PSAs; funding de-ringfenced Commissioning: Green Paper; health; police

5 5 Collaborative working: action and culture change by all partners is needed to improve individual lives, communities and society Growing the Big Society Individuals - Commission services - Provide services - Hold service providers to account Businesses - Collaborate on service reform - Provide services Central government - Devolve power - Open public services - Encourage and support social action Local government - Devolve power to individuals and communities - Facilitate local service reform VCSE - Empower communities to lead service reform - Provide services

6 6 Community Commissioning: early progress and learning from Local Integrated Services in 9 areas 23 June 2011 Sheila Battersby Policy Manager Cabinet Office

7 7 Principles: Community Commissioning is built on key principles that combine to reform services - saving money and improving outcomes Resources are pooled by the CC body to enable services to be reprioritised, decommissioned, redesigned. Resource alignment may be the first step but the ambition is pooling Strong community commissioning (CC) body: responsible for commissioning decisions based on local priorities – comprised of local people; VCSE; businesses; local authority; public service providers Strong senior leadership: LA and other public service leaders commit to devolving commissioning power and decisions to community body, which has a strong community leader Investment in community commissioning capacity e.g. community leaders ensure local people are upskilled to be effective commissioners, and support other partners to open up commissioning to local people Clear governance and accountability: community commissioning body and LA elected members make their roles and responsibilities clear and transparent to local people Service outcomes are locally set and transparent: the commissioning body jointly agrees required service outcomes; clearly communicates these to local people; and regularly provides service performance data against outcomes

8 8 9 LIS pilots: Local Integrated Services is a community commissioning concept being developed from the bottom up AreaLIS pop sizeLIS focus Barnsley – Thurnscoe9,000Worklessness Calderdale – 4 wards in North Halifax/Mixenden 48,000Safer, Cleaner, Greener services Financial Inclusion, early intervention Leeds – inner South Leeds: Beeston Hill and Holbeck Environmental issues; health inequalities; housing; ASB Sheffield – Jordansthorpe4,000Older people Blackburn with Darwen – Shadsworth, Bastwell, Darwen 30 familiesFamilies with multiple problems Cheshire West & Chester – Ellesmere Port 61,000 (32,000 in high deprivation areas) Health and economic inequalities Tameside: Smallshaw Hurst and St Peters 16,000 and 12,000Complex families and (ex-)offenders Warrington18,000Improving life chances of long-term benefit claimants Kingston – Norbiton10,000Tbc in summer via community commissioning group

9 9 Aim: central government is supporting the testing of Community Commissioning as it has the potential to contribute to priority Government agendas by: Efficiency and Reform  Achieving better outcomes for less  Devolving commissioning control, using mainstream funding, to people in communities  Demonstrating that service development (co-)led by local people and service users can achieve better outcomes  Mapping and smartly using all resources available in an area e.g. finances, assets, people skills  Achieving savings through the decommissioning of ineffective or duplicated services  Being applicable to different services; geographical areas and population sizes Big Society  Being designed and led by local partners and championed by the Cabinet Office  Local people, public, private and VCSE sectors establishing a community commissioning body to deliver community- designed services  Decentralising local service commissioning decisions to the community level including residents and service users  Building the capacity of local people to enable them to take commissioning decisions e.g. training; work experience  Being a fluid concept - adaptable to local priorities and led by different partners e.g. community leader; local authority

10 10 Partners and stakeholders: a range of people will contribute to testing the potential of Community Commissioning for saving money and improving outcomes Developing Community Commissioning Community Commissioning body - local people; VCSE; businesses; local authorities; public service providers Community commissioning experts Grow community commissioning capacity - VCSE e.g. Turning Point, Regenerate - Community Organisers - LA Govt depts - CLG: integrate with CBs - DH: link with H&WB Boards and health commissioners - DWP: Work Prog providers Ministers - impetus for building evidence base - momentum for scale up OCS - Policy development - Share learning and evidence Private sector - Pro bono legal support - Learning network - Investment Commissioners - LAs and other commissioners devolve commissioning to community body

11 11 Progress so far and next steps: Progress so far  9 areas committed to testing LIS concept  Initial testing and refining of LIS principles  Initial engagement with communities and community commissioning bodies being established  Mapping of community resources: budgets, assets, skills  Planning for pooling or aligning of budgets and other resources  Ministers engaged – keen to see CC models develop and evidence of improved outcomes and resources saved  Private sector engaged – keen to explore mutually beneficial CC collaborations Next steps  Ongoing collation of learning and progress from 9 LIS (and other) areas to disseminate to inform other areas and policy makers  Develop models for CC organisational, finance, accountability and evaluation structures - and disseminate via ‘how to’ guides  Link CC areas more closely to programmes that may aid their development e.g. Community Organisers; Community First; National Commissioning Programme  Link CC areas and principles more closely to relevant service reform agendas e.g. Community Budgets; health commissioning reform; Work Programme


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