Future of Local Area Agreements
On 13 October Government announced the end of Local Area Agreements (LAAs).
Government has announced that it no longer expects local areas to report performance on LAA targets and confirmed that no reward grant would be paid against existing LAAs (our LAA 2008-11). Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government emphasised that areas are now free to focus on their own priorities without the expensive burden of reporting to central government. We can choose to amend or drop and targets without government approval.
Also announced was the replacement of the National Indicator Set with a single comprehensive list of all the data local government is expected to provide to central government. We will keep partners updated with news of the future of the national indicators when we have it.
Oxfordshire 2030 is our joint vision for Oxfordshire and the LAA formed a key part of the delivery of this strategy. Our 2030 priorities remain important to us. We will be reviewing the targets in our Local Area Agreement to identify those that remain a priority for us locally and where we will continue to drive performance improvement.
For more information see www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/newsroom/1740503
If you have any questions please contact Paul James, Head of Partnership Working on 01865 323959.