Meeting documents

Community Partnerships Board
Tuesday, 27th April, 2010 9.30 am


Tuesday 27 April 2010, 9.00am
Council Chamber, Town Hall, Maidenhead

    John Chetter Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce
    Elaine Cook Community Council for Berkshire
    Tim De Meyer Thames Valley Police
    Linda Evans JobCentrePlus
    Sally Kemp Berkshire East PCT
    Janet Novak GOSE
    Patsy Parr Future Jobs Fund
    Tim Parry Community Council for Berkshire
    John Petitt Maidenhead District Housing Association
    Bob Rea Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
    Lynne Saint Berkshire College of Agriculture
    David Walls TVP
    Kate Webb East Berkshire College
    Paul Yates Windsor Housing

    Ian Trenholm (Chairman) RBWM Chief Executive
    Cllr Mrs Bateson (Vice Chairman) RBWM
    Cllr Chelani RBWM
    Cllr J Evans RBWM
    Anne Dackombe RBWM Senior Press/Public Relations Officer
    Nicola Davidson RBWM Partnership Co-ordinator
    Andrew Elkington RBWM Head of Policy & Performance
    Jo Elsey RBWM Children’s Trust
    Liz Hornby RBWM Democratic Services
    Harjit Hunjan RBWM Community & Business Partnerships Manager
    Brian Martin RBWM Community Safety Co-ordinator
    John Scaife RBWM Joint Commissioning Manager
    Robina Shafiq RBWM Home School Liaison Officer


    Apologies were received from –

    Bob Ellis East Berkshire Education Business Partnership
    Carolyn Finlay NHS Berkshire East
    Andy Mancey Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service
    Vinnie McCann Transition Town Maidenhead
    Karnail Pannu WAMCF
    Fiona Winrow WMVA
    David Coppinger WMVA

    Welcome by Chairman

    Ian Trenholm welcomed members to the forum. Ian Trenholm also commented that due to the General Election, the main Parties were talking about cuts in services, particularly at local level and asked the Board to not let this issue get any worse. The Board was urged to focus on the present plan and the key issues for residents.

    Ian Trenholm outlined the Agenda and commented that it was focussed on the ‘here and now’, with particular attention on the short term, 6-12 months, focus and the longer term objectives in practical terms. Ian Trenholm also requested that should any Partners wish to see the Board change or evolve in a different way, then to please contact either Harjit Hunjan or Nicola Davidson.

    LAA Reward Update

    Harjit Hunjan reported on the LAA Rewards and

    Ambition Group Performance Update

    Healthier Communities

    John Scaife reported on the following –
      Ø NI135 – Support for Young Carers. This target had been achieved.
      Ø NI146 – Adults with learning disability in employment. This target had been achieved following a big push and which had resulted in an increased percentage.
      Ø LAA Local Target. “The number of carers receiving a carers service” – was a target which had not been achieved. It was noted that this was a disappointing result and would be investigated further.
      Ø BMI >30 – target had been achieved whereby 161 were going through the programme.
      Ø Smoking – whilst overall this had not achieved the target, it was noted that it was on target to be achieved. Q4 data would be available in mid-June 2010.
      Ø NI146 target had been refreshed by GOSE for 2010-11 with the agreed new target of 13.8% of adults with a learning disability in paid employment.

    Children & Young People

    Jo Elsey reported on the following –
      Ø That the CTB had agreed to meet quarterly and not monthly and that there had been a change in the relationship between the Board and Group.
      Ø NI69 – Children who have experienced bullying. This target had been achieved with positive results and it was noted the results were 25% above the national average.
      Ø LAA1 – it was noted that there would be a reduction for 2011. Focus continued to ensure that all remaining schools achieved Healthy School Standards by December 2010. Those schools that had already gained Healthy School Status were now being encouraged to engage with the Healthy Schools Enhanced Model.
      Ø Local NI had been agreed as NI50: Emotional Health of Children (included NI69 children experiencing bullying), NI112 reducing the under 18 conception rate, NI56 reducing level of obesity in Yr 6 pupils, NI115 substance misuse among young people.
      Ø It was noted that ‘cyber-bullying’ was now becoming an issue and one that will be investigated further.
      Ø Focus on training practitioners was now a priority.

    Safer Communities

    Brian Martin reported on the following –
      Ø NI16 – It was noted that burglary figures were down.
      Ø NI21 – this target was presently on target following some roadshows and training staff to engage more effectively with residents.
      Ø NI49 – Number of fatalities. This figure had been queries by colleagues at the fire authority and would be investigated.
      Ø The Board queried whether symbols could be used on signage in relation to acquisitive crime. This would be explored.

    Stronger Communities

    Harjit Hunjan reported on the following –
      Ø NI1 and NI4 had both achieved target.
      Ø LAA Local Targets – that the results for the 2009 annual survey were now available. Volunteers from BME backgrounds was a target that had struggled and the target was being chased. The number of Volunteers with no qualifications was a target also struggling to achieve.
      Ø NI7 – Windsor & Maidenhead Voluntary Action was refreshing the local Compact.

    Sustainable Environment

    John Petitt reported on the following –
      Ø NI155, NI186 and NI177 had achieved target.
      Ø NI188 – was a target that was struggling to be achieved and priorities were being put in place.
      Ø LAA Local Targets – had been achieved. It was noted that the way forward was for Nicola Davidson and Andrew Elkington to meet and drive forward. This item would be brought to the next meeting.

    Economic Vitality and Inclusion

    Ganesh Selvarajah reported on the following –
      Ø NI163 – This target was a key issue that could not be measured easily. However, it is within tolerance level.
      Ø There were many level’s 2 and 3, however, attracting level 4 qualified people was proving more difficult and this in turn would have an impact on employment.
      Ø In relation to JobSeekers allowance, it was noted that the Royal Borough had an average fewer claimants than nationally.
      Ø Patsy Parr explained that there would be a total of 167 between January and December 2010 which would lead to a contract value of £1 million. It was noted also that there were good relationships with Partners within the Borough along with charities and neighbouring Borough’s.
      Ø Linda Evans - JobCentre Plus, reported that a leaflet that showed various programmes had been produced and took an action to email that and any updated to Nicola Davidson, who in turn would distribute to Partners as it was believed this would assist them. However, it was stressed the leaflets were in the early stages and it was requested not to be shared with the general public.

    Partnership Delivery

    The Board noted that there were very clear targets which would be added to the Forward Plan. The Board also noted that other Local Authorities’ Community Partnership Boards were being visited, in particular Croydon. It was noted that the website had been updated which was hoped communication with residents would be improved.

    Sustainable Community Partnership Strategy

    It was noted that publication to the website was imminent with a view to being ‘resident-friendly’. The Board noted that copies would be circulated and each was asked to indicate how many copies they required.

    Consultation Guidance

    Anne Dackombe reported that the Strategic Consultation Group was to bring all the Partners together to prevent any overlaps. This group had met four times and the Board noted it was beginning to make progress.

    In relation to the Forward Plan the Board was noted it was early days and that strong links were being built with the Community Partnership Board.

    Total Place/Capital – a way forward: a discussion

    Andrew Elkington presented a discussion on Total Place/Capital (presentation attached). The Board noted that there were thirteen pilots taking place across the country which was an opportunity for local strategic partnerships to develop a new approach to delivering / providing services. It was also noted that it represented an opportunity to influence the public spending agenda. The vision of the scheme was to understand how a “whole area” approach could lead to better public services at less cost, the locally led work in certain pilots were on specific themes and built on the Counting Cumbria exercise and that innovation made Total Place different.

    The Total Place, Durham had identified focus on housing. It had identified £726m worth of public and private investment in the area for the financial year 2007/08 which equated to £3,077 per household and was being delivered by 47 separate funding streams within the public sector alone. The next phase was to examine the rationalisation of services and housing provided.

    The key findings that emerged were that efficiencies could be made with greater co-operation and understanding of CI on the part of partner agencies. Public services focussed too much on the symptoms and too little on causes. The Tribal report (April 2010) for CLG, concluded TP was viewed as a tool to deliver service improvements not necessarily efficiencies. Savings were not as large as the Treasury had originally predicted.

    During the ensuing discussion, the following points were noted –
      Ø That Berkshire was more complex that Cumbria due to being unitary which led to services crossing unitary boundaries.
      Ø That individual topics would need to be identified although it was noted that this would be difficult within the PCT.
      Ø Work around customer insight was to be explored and it was agreed that this would be brought back to the Community Partnership Board in future.

    Any Other Business

    The Board noted that in 8 July 2010 Social Capital – Community Empowerment would take place which was exploring how communities could be encouraged in giving local communities powers. It was noted that Nicola Davidson had distributed the information.

    Summary and Close

    Ian Trenholm thanked all those who had attended the meeting and noted –
      Ø More support was required in relation to Communities, particularly in relation to bullying.
      Ø That crime figures had improved.
      Ø More work was required in relation to volunteers.
      Ø Nicola Davidson and Harjit Hunjan would survey the group via Survey Monkey.

    Next meeting

    The next meetings of the Community Partnership Board were –

    Tuesday 27 July 2010 at 8.30am – Council Chamber, Town Hall, Maidenhead