Culture and environment

Economic development and regeneration

Please see below for more information on how we are consulting residents on our proposals for savings.

Proposal

Create a smaller economic development team that works strategically to deliver a more focussed and sustainable impact.

Savings

2011/12: £0.300 million
2012/13: £0.300 million
2013/14: £0.300 million 

Brief description, impact and risk

This proposal, taking account of the outcome of the equality impact screening carried out, is to create a smaller economic development team that works strategically to deliver a more focussed and sustainable impact.

The Council currently provides and funds a range of non-statutory employment and business support services. However there is a £4.4 million funding fall-out as time-limited funding comes to an end in March 2011 and a need to reduce core budgets across the board. The above saving is from the core budget and additional to the funding fallout.

With this scale of funding reduction, the Council will have to move away from delivering and commissioning services to a more strategic role. The focus will be on signposting businesses and job seekers to existing statutory provision from other agencies and targeting the Council’s work on work areas of greatest need.

As part of this rationalisation and prioritisation, Camden working shop fronts will close, job brokerage contracts will come to an end and direct business support programmes will also significantly reduce.

To mitigate the impact of these changes on vulnerable groups and young people, who are particularly affected by the recession, the Council will continue to run King's Cross construction skills centre and co-ordinate an apprentice scheme in Camden. It will also develop a business web-portal and a dedicated business telephone line, providing businesses with a single point of contact for all council services. The proposals have been developed in consultation with businesses.

Recommendation

To agree the savings above and to delegate to the Director of Culture and Environment the authority to take the steps necessary within their management areas to implement them and, where these involve organisational restructures of more than 20 staff, to delegate authority to them to implement such organisation changes in consultation with the relevant Cabinet portfolio holder.


More information

The full details of the proposals can be read in the medium term financial strategy

We want to work with you at this difficult time and make sure you have access to the right information. Over the coming months councillors will be out in the community talking to local people about how the national cuts in public spending will impact council services in Camden.

Alongside the wider engagement with the community about the proposals as a whole, there will be a formal consultation process for those services where we have a legal duty to consult.

We are committed to making sure you are well informed about the proposed changes to services, and have opportunities to feedback your views.

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