Lambeth’s Local Area Agreement 2008-2011 (LAA) is a three-year action plan for improving Lambeth.
The LAA was developed by Lambeth First, Lambeth’s Local Strategic Partnership, and helps us to deliver the priorities outlined for the first three years of our Sustainable Community Strategy - Our 2020 Vision.
LAAs are three-year agreements between central government and the local area (represented here by Lambeth First) that set out the priorities for the community and how these are to be addressed.
LAAs help reduce bureaucracy by simplifying some central funding, joining up public services more effectively and allowing greater flexibility for local solutions to local circumstances.
The goal of an LAA is to:
Lambeth First developed the Lambeth borough’s LAA in consultation with central government. The LAA is important because it is the three-year delivery plan for the Sustainable Community Strategy, which sets out the specific areas of focus for Lambeth First over a three year period.
Lambeth’s LAA contains 35 national performance indicators, plus four local performance indicators, which are being used to measure how successfully Lambeth First is progressing towards the vision set out in its Sustainable Community Strategy.
It also focuses on issues affecting worklessness, skills and barriers to employment, and targets issues that can make the borough a less attractive place to set up business and a difficult place to live and work, such as high levels of crime.
Some of the LAA indicators core to the Sustainable Community Strategy are:
The LAA considers in earnest what it means to really involve people in both local decision making and local delivery. For example, a local indicator on the level of volunteering has been included and the LAA includes performance indicators from the new ‘Place Survey’ that measures levels of satisfaction among local people for a variety of local issues, including how much they can influence decisions locally.
Lambeth’s LAA is being delivered by a variety of partners from Lambeth First through existing and new working arrangements that cross organisational boundaries.
There is no additional funding associated with the LAA, rather an expectation that the statutory and voluntary partners of Lambeth First will pool existing resources effectively in support of shared objectives and common outcomes for residents of the borough.