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As is the way with these things nowadays, Ministers have spent the last few weeks raising (and lowering) expectations of what the Spending Review (SR) might bring. And since the emergency budget back in June we've known what the overall numbers were going to be. So, inevitably, there was a fair amount that we already knew (or expected) in the Chancellor's statement. However, in an attempt (no doubt carefully constructed) to exceed people's dire expectations, the Chancellor took some delight in announcing that the overall average cuts to Departmental spending was 19% (rather than that 25% that had been mooted).
On 14th October a consultation was launched by Cabinet Office Ministers, Francis Maude and Nick Hurd, on ways to strengthen the support available to frontline voluntary and community groups (VCS). The consultation suggests some ways that the government think improvements could be made that would support the delivery of the Big Society and seeks feedback to 10 questions that they ask. Responses to the consultation will be used to inform the government's priorities for supporting civil society groups and to develop an Equalities Impact Assessment.
The Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, outlined the Government's plans for the National Citizens Service (NCS) in August . The NCS, a new volunteering scheme for teenagers, will have 10,000 places available for 16-year-olds when it launches its pilots in 2011 with the roll out expected to provide 30,000 places in 2012.
Watching the development of proposals to form new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) may have been mildly entertaining as a tale of political intrigue, jockeying and power struggles, but it does little to instil confidence in the future. Regardless of whether the final figure of LEPs that are approved is 22 (as Local Government Chronicle's Alister Hayman suggests) or just two, these new entities - tasked with delivering economic development - are unlikely to deliver what's needed from the outset.
- January 2011
On the 12th of August 2010 the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude announced the first-wave of pathfinder mutuals. These will be run by public sector staff that want to take control of their service and explore the possibility of these pathfinders becoming mutuals.
The Coalition Government's Place-based Budgeting is essentially their term for Total Place, an initiative that was piloted by the previous government. This briefing looks back at the Total Place pilot programme in order to identify the learning from that programme and the prospects for the development of Place-based Budgeting in the coming years.