Systems Leadership

 

District Councils, with their role at the heart of local communities, are at the centre of public service reform and service transformation.  This entails significant changes to organisational and professional cultures and behaviours.  Often, these are the most essential to make and the hardest to achieve.

 

This is where Systems Leadership comes in.  Systems Leadership is about how you lead across boundaries – between departments, organisations, sectors or places.

 

It describes the way people need to behave when they face large, complex, difficult and seemingly intractable problems; where they need to juggle multiple uncertainties; where no one person or organisation can find or organise the solution on their own; where everyone is grappling with how to make resources meet demand which is outstripping them; and where the way forward therefore lies in involving as many people’s energies, ideas, talents and expertise as possible.

 

Systems Leadership is therefore particularly relevant for people in local authorities, including District Councils, who are involved in service transformation.  It’s a practical, grounded approach to integrated working and long-term behaviour/culture change, and a great tool to have in your armoury.

 

Over the past three years, there has been a national Systems Leadership programme, backed by (amongst others) the LGA, ADASS, NHS England and Public Health England.  The programme supports research, joint leadership development and place-based projects around the country, including for the Integration Pioneers, and there is evidence that using Systems Leadership approaches has helped people to make real progress.  There is real learning from the places that we’d be happy to share with you.  We’ve already given presentations at DCN events, and the slides can be downloaded here.

Presentation on Systems Leadership for DCN CE Event 11th June 2015

Systems Leadership Presentation 12th May 2015

For more information, please contact debbie.sorkin@localleadership.gov.uk.

 

Districts working with LEPs on growth, planning and infrastructure

The DCN hosted a successful event on Wednesday 1 April which explored:

  • Interface between LEPs & Districts on planning for growth and infrastructure – including Local Plans, Strategic Economic Plans & City Deals
  • Government guidance and policy on such matters
  • Roles of District LPAs and Economic Development functions in the work of LEPS and vice versa – and how Counties fit in
  • Experience around the country, looking at:
  • Governance arrangements and decision making by Members
  • How different boundaries (functional economic areas, housing market areas, political control) are being dealt with
  • Links between funding programmes/ bids and local plans
  • Duty to Cooperate – LEPs, local plans and Strategic Planning
  • Shared approaches on evidence to support plans/ bids
  • Combined Authorities in the mix

You can view a copy of the presentations from the day here:

Presentations

Promote your council at the LGA Conference – submit a case study for this year’s District Councils’ Network stand!

The District Councils’ Network will be exhibiting again at this year’s LGA Conference in Harrogate, from 30 June to 2 July 2015

As always, we will be displaying a wide variety of case studies that highlight best practice in district and borough councils on our stand.

So, if you would like your work/council to be promoted at the conference for free, why not submit a case study?

Because we have such a wealth of case studies and want to make it easier for people visiting the stand to find a case study about subjects they are interested in, we’ve chosen eight themes:

>          Finance

>          Neighbourhoods and communities

>          Housing

>          Boosting the economy

>          Health and wellbeing

>          Leadership

>          Serving our communities

>          New ways of working

Each theme will have a different coloured template, so it will be really easy for people to find them on the stand.

 Instructions for preparing a case study…

Below are instructions for how to submit a case study. Due to the elections, we’ve extended the original deadline to  29 May 2015.

Click here to download the case study template. If you have problems completing the template, please call Rhiannon on 01543 308774, or email rhiannon.brearley@lichfielddc.gov.uk to discuss what to do next.

When submitting your case study, please choose from one of the themes above. Once we receive your case study we will transfer it into the appropriate coloured/themed template and send it back to you for approval.

Key points:

>          Keep each case study to one side of A4.

>          Please feel free to include a variety of photographs and other images.

>          Please use the template for a single case study, but do feel free to supply more than one case study.

The titles in the template have been designed to make it easy to highlight the main themes of the network – ‘close to people….focused on place’. The titles of the case studies are as follows: The local need, The vision, The challenge, The results, Where next?

So for example, in the local need section ideally you should highlight what local people needed (where possible including quotes etc) and in the results section, highlight the impact your actions had on both local people and the place. If however the titles are not appropriate for your case study, please amend accordingly.

If you need any help & advice:

Please do call Rhiannon Brearley on 01543 308774 or Elizabeth Thatcher on 01543 308781.

Deadline for supplying your case study:

 Please email rhiannon.brearley@lichfielddc.gov.uk or send on disk to Rhiannon Brearley, Lichfield District Council, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY as a Publisher file on or before the Friday 29 May. We will review and send you proofs of all your case studies before printing.

Printing:

All case studies will be printed by Lichfield District Council.

Alternative material:

If you have any alternative material/pre-prepared case studies you would like to provide on the stand, please contact Rhiannon Brearley on 01543 308774 to discuss.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator for health and care in England, has published a series of new guides to support closer working between its inspection teams and councillors in scrutiny and executive functions of local government. The guides are published jointly with the Centre for Public Scrutiny and have been developed with local government councillors and officers working at every level of local government.

The three guides are:

20150311 CQC and district councillors working together briefing

20150311 CQC and council scrutiny working together briefing

20150311 CQC and councillors short guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DCN response to the final report of the Non-Metropolitan Commission

The Non-Metropolitan commission has today published its final report:

‘Devolution to Non-Metropolitan England: Seven Steps to Growth and Prosperity’

The DCN has welcomed the report and supports all seven of the commission’s recommendations. We particularly welcome the Commissions view of proactive bottom-up reform through groupings of councils. District councils have a strong track record of working with both neighbouring and regional partners across and beyond traditional boundaries to support growth. This is not a new way of working but rather an opportunity to build on and learn from what is already happening in many areas of the country.

You can view our press release here:

DCN response to the final report of the Non-Met Commission

February newsletter

Below is the District Councils’ Network newsletter for February 2015. It includes an update on all DCN work over the last couple of months along with other useful updates and events coming up in the next few month.

February newsletter

Districts working with LEPs on growth, planning and infrastruture – a FREE DCN event

The District Councils’ Network are hosting an event on:

 Wednesday 1 April 2015 from 12.30 to 4.45 at Local Government House, Smith Square, London.

This event is completely FREE of charge for DCN members and is aimed at District Council Officers who work in either planning or economic growth teams. The objectives of the event are to explore the:

  • Interface between LEPs & Districts on planning for growth and infrastructure – including Local Plans, Strategic Economic Plans & City Deals
  • Government guidance and policy on such matters
  • Roles of District LPAs and Economic Development functions in the work of LEPS and vice versa – and how Counties fit in
  • Experience around the country, looking at:
  • Governance arrangements and decision making by Members
  • How different boundaries (functional economic areas, housing market areas, political control) are being dealt with
  • Links between funding programmes/ bids and local plans
  • Duty to Cooperate – LEPs, local plans and Strategic Planning
  • Shared approaches on evidence to support plans/ bids
  • Combined Authorities in the mix

The event will consist of a few short presentations to hear about experiences from different districts and a LEP. This will be followed by workshop discussions to talk about how things work in your area, the current challenges, any best practise etc. To find out more you can view our agenda and the invitation here:

Agenda

Invititation

If you would like to attend please either book online or e mail

 

District Councils’ Network response to the final report of the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) welcomes the final report of the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance. The core of the Commissions proposition that powers, funding and ultimately taxes should be devolved to a local level echoes the view of the DCN and our members. The DCN has been lobbying for some time on many of the points raised by the Commission and those views were reflected in our previous submissions to the commission’s calls for evidence.

You can view the full response here:

DCN response to ICLGF

DECC energy efficiency improvements for the private rented sector

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have produced a briefing note and arranged some dates for regional roadshows so people can find out more about the new regulations coming into effect about energy efficiency in the private rented sector.  You can view a copy of the briefing and dates for the roadshows here:

Briefing – Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency

DECC regional Roadshows

January newsletter

Below is the District Councils’ Network newsletter for January 2015. It includes an update on all DCN work over the last couple of months along with other useful updates and events coming up in the next few months.

January newsletter

Open letter opposing changes to the Local Land Charges Register

The District Councils’ Network Chairman, Councillor Neil Clarke, MBE has jointly signed an open letter to the Rt Hon Vince Cable MP along with:

  • James Sherwood-Rogers – Chairman of CoPSCO
  • Cllr Peter Box – Chair of LGA Environment and Transport Board
  • Amanda Renshaw – Chair of Local Land Charges Institute
  • Steve Davies – Association of Independent Personal Search Agents

This is opposing the proposed changes to centralise the local land charges register included in the infrastructure bill.

This is something that the DCN have previously written to Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP about and recently submitted written evidence to the infrastruture bill committee opposing the changes. A copy of the letter can be viewed here:

Open Letter to Secretary of State