This event will explore improving productivity of public services. Speakers include:Gavin Jones,Chief Executive, Essex County Council and David FinchLeader, Essex County Council. With council budgets straining under growing financial pressures local authorities face the real challenge of needing to do more with less. This demanding position means that councils have to focus on the productivity of their spending more than ever before, finding innovative ways to squeeze more impact out of every pound.
Community Asset Transfer (CAT) gives local communities the right to take on ownership or stewardship of public assets and deliver public services themselves. Services run by and for local people should ideally be more responsive and deliver wider benefits such as improved community cohesion and empowerment.
We will examine how the fiscal and policy environment are affecting the operating context for community businesses seeking to use CAT; and set out a clear programme for local government to help optimise the resilience of CAT projects over the long term.