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1 East Midlands 5+1 Pack 16 July 2009 Tim Everett Director of Policy

2 The Challenge for LA enforcement The future starts here…… -The world has changed in the last 18 months to an almost unbelievable extent Iceland has melted We all own a share in the banks The word “trillion” has become familiar The housing market has slumped by 16%+ The RPI has gone negative for 1 st time in 50 years Manchester United is sponsored by the US Government

3 The Challenge for LA enforcement What does our future look like? What does your future look like locally? -When were your plans written? -Have you got a risk register? -What’s your contribution to the local priorities?

4 The Challenge for LA enforcement May you live in interesting times - the Chinese Curse -Often attributed (mistakenly) to Confucius -The first of three curses of increasing severity, the other two being: “ May you come to the attention of those in authority” “May you find what you are looking for”

5 The Challenge for LA enforcement Interesting times -The international financial position -The public-sector finances -Better regulation -Local government reorganisation -General election

6 The Challenge for LA enforcement May you come to the attention of those in authority -Prof Sir Hugh Pennington -Sarah Anderson -The Labour Government – LBRO -The Conservative Party - Sir David Arculus and Ken Clarke

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8 The Challenge for LA enforcement The Economy-the Good News -Contraction in 2009 less than 4%? -Growth next year (but feeble) -Some falls in inflation -Some evidence of upturn in housing market (but on low volumes)

9 The Challenge for LA enforcement The Economy – the Bad News -Unemployment over 2m on one count, and likely to rise until end Interest rates and inflation likely to rise in The Government Budget relied on heroic assumptions about future growth

10 The Challenge for LA enforcement The Economy – the really Bad News -National debt was £527Bn in March Budget projected £1370Bn in March £775Bn this May, rising faster than Budget -UK credit rating being downgraded -Gap in national budget £40Bn+ a year

11 The Challenge for LA enforcement The Economy – Bad News for Councils -CIPD projects public sector jobs to go over 5 years (saves £14Bn a year) -LAs have lost 6,700 jobs in last 6 months, expect to lose 30,000 next year. -Drop in LA income £2.5Bn this year. -Even if Budget is right, cuts to 2013/14 -Gap in pension funds likely to be £20Bn by 3/2010

12 The Challenge for LA enforcement Impacts -Expect 10%+ cuts in real terms (but more if NHS and Education protected) -Expect cuts/tax rises whoever wins election -Expect the unpleasant bits in Expect focus on business and private sector job creation

13 The Challenge for LA enforcement Impacts on EH -Fewer EH jobs in UK Councils -Fewer posts for EHPs -Consortia and more unitaries -Cuts in training budgets -The wrong service cuts?

14 The Challenge for LA enforcement An old algorithm - Do we have to do this? If yes – to what standard, who goes to jail -If no, do we want to do it? LAA targets, SCS, corporate priorities -If still no, does it make money? -If still no – why are we doing it??

15 The Challenge for LA enforcement Those in authority want regulators to be: -Competent -Proportionate -Aware of risk -Professional -Fit for purpose -Capable of doing more for less!

16 The Challenge for LA enforcement What are we looking for? -Continued relevance -Influential -Respected -To be needed -To survive, protecting public health and providing good careers for the next generation!

17 The Challenge for LA enforcement How we might find it…… -In practice and as a profession: By embracing change and the opportunities it presents By being flexible By being prepared to sacrifice ‘tradition’ “ Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking ” Grace McGarvie, American Political Scientist

18 The Challenge for LA enforcement Better Regulation and LBRO -The five principles of Better Regulation CPAPT and SID -National enforcement priorities -Primary authorities 3 involving EH functions so far - B & Q (HS), Iceland (FS/FH,HS), Moto (FS/FH)

19 The Challenge for LA enforcement Horizontal or Vertical Integration -Horizontal Close links with other LA regulatory services (including planning!), based on customer County-wide approach where appropriate (and links to TS in shire counties) -Vertical Specialist regional or national set-up

20 The Challenge for LA enforcement The longer term challenges -Climate Change is the big one 2C increase in UK by 2040 unavoidable Wildfires, storm surges and crop failures Flooding (1 in 6 homes), including surface water, major impacts on utilities and infrastructure And UK in a good position!

21 The Challenge for LA enforcement Health Inequalities -National Strategy following Acheson report in General improvements to health but gaps on infant mortality and life expectancy now wider than in baseline years -Marmot review, 9 key themes

22 The Challenge for LA enforcement A strategy for survival -Reducing costs, overheads rather than front line; use of technology -Links with other local services – the USP -But wider partnerships for specialist skills -Link everything back to the local priorities And climate change, health inequalities

23 East Midlands 5+1 Pack 16 July 2009 Tim Everett Director of Policy


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