Public Service Reform Newsletter - June 2015

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Essex Partnership Board news

Next meeting The next board meeting is on 16 June 2015. The board will be discussing the partnership governance review and a 90 day plan for strengthening volunteering and the voluntary sector to address issues around the elderly and social isolation. The last meeting of the board was on 22 April 2015.  You can find the minutes on the Essex Partnership website.

To find out more about the board and its membership visit the partnership website.

In Essex

GovJam – 10 and 11 June 2015 Help put the ideas and expertise of Essex on the map by signing up to attend GovJam, a global event bringing people together to solve a public services issue.

Everyone is welcome to attend whether public servants, designers, students, academics, business people, citizens, mums, children or grandparents for as much time as they can spare on 10 and 11 June and spend some time trying out a different way of tackling  public service issues. For more information visit the GovJamSX site.

Housing and public sector land update Work to identify land opportunities continues with four locality reviews conducted so far in Epping, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea and Tendring. Currently there is a pipeline of 115 sites that equates to 65 hectares which could hold more than 2100 units. 20 of these sites are now being worked on to bring forward business cases to support investment for development.

Essex Housing, a service hosted within Essex County Council for use by partners to provide additional capacity or capability to identify land, carry out due diligence and develop business cases for investment and development, has been endorsed by the Essex Partnership Board, the partner-led project board and is expected to go live in September 2015.

Who Will Care? The winners of the inaugural Who Will Care? Awards were announced at a ceremony last month – recognising the work of our county’s unsung heroes in improving the lives of Essex residents.

The awards were a great success with six overall winners being recognised and celebrated for their dedication to volunteering; from the 81 nominations received from across the county.

The winners and more information can be found on the Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) website.

In Government

Devolution A Cities and Local Government  Devolution Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech. The Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 28 May 2015 and a Second Reading on 8 June 2015.

In March, leaders from Greater Essex councils met to discuss devolution ideas which could see the transfer of powers and funding from central Government to the area. A letter expressing the interest of Greater Essex Councils in exploring devolution was then sent to the Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government.

The partnership will be looking at the Bill with great interest and working together to see how Greater Essex can benefit.

Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament Following the General Election there have been some changes to Cabinet positions in the Government.  A full list of Cabinet Ministers can be found here.

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP was appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The full list of Members of Parliament for Essex can be found on

What’s coming up?

22-24 June – Developing integrated health and social care services

The Princess Alexandra Hospital Patient Panel and West Essex CCG are welcoming voluntary organisation and service users to join workshops to help develop joined up and personalised health and social care services for local people.

There will be one workshop each day for two-hours.  Read the full information on the Essex Partnership website. If you would like to attend a session contact or call 01992 556140

23 June 2015 – Public Sector Show

The Essex Partnership Board will be represented at the Public Sector Show on 23 June 2015 and will be part of the speaker programme.

Susannah Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Sheila Norris, Director for Integrated Commissioning and Vulnerable People, Essex County Council, will be hosting a seminar on our approach to tackling domestic abuse.

The event, to be held at ExCeL, London, will bring together leaders and managers from across the public sector. Find out more on our website

LGA annual conference and exhibition 2015

Taking place in Harrogate from 30 June - 2 July 2015, the event brings together Council Leaders, Chief Executives, senior officers, lead members and policy makers across all services provided by local authorities as well as partners across the wider public sector, private sector and voluntary sectors. Find out more on the LGA Website.

23 July- Parliament in recess

Parliament will be in recess from 23 July and the House will next sit on 7 September 2015.