local solutions to local problems, under detailed new proposals
announced today. Local Area Agreements (LAAs) will be piloted in
nine English local authorities next year, local government minister
Local agreements will simplify funding streams, join up public
services and give councils and other local delivery partners more
flexibility. They will be structured around three key themes:
children and young people; safer and stronger communities; and health
and older people.
Authorities and their partners will negotiate clear targets and
outcomes for these areas with central government, but then will have
the freedom to decide locally how best to achieve them.
Local Public Service Agreements (LPSAs) will form a key part of the
Agreements, offering reward grants for performance.
Mr Raynsford said:
'We want to develop a new relationship between central and local
government. We want councils and their partners to find local
solutions to local problems. We want to cut red tape and
bureaucracy. And we want the public to have a greater say on the
issues, which concern them.
'Local Area Agreements represent a radical new approach in the
relationship between local and central government. We are focusing
on what is important: the outcomes in key areas. Central government
will set strategic priorities but will leave authorities and their
partners to decide the detailed implementation.'
Councils and other stakeholders are now able to react to the
proposals in today's prospectus which will be refined in discussion
with councils and their partners over the next few months into a
detailed approach to be piloted in a number of areas. The prospectus
invites areas that would like to be one of these nine pilots to make
their interest known to their relevant government office. It is
expected that the areas chosen for the nine pilots will be announced
in the autumn.
The prospectus on Local Area Agreements is available here.
As announced in the spending review, the government's intention is to
pilot Local Area Agreements in nine areas (one in each GO region in
England) in 2005-06 with a view to wider roll out, if successful,