Support Services

The East of England LGA Support Service provides expert advice and support to enable you to work on topical challenges and issues. It is adaptable to the changing landscape to bring the most relevant service.

Local councils are facing a time of tough and complex pressures and must undertake its role against the backdrop of these challenges: 

  • The marked shift in the financing and funding model for local councils is forcing them to go beyond traditional savings and efficiency activity and to redefine their role and purpose in order to secure outcomes for communities.
  • There are opportunities for local authorities to take devolved power and funding to address their strategic social challenges such as skills, housing and infrastructure.  The “Combined Authority” model and the potential for local directly-elected Mayors poses both opportunities and risks for our member councils.
  • The decision to leave the European Union arising from the referendum vote on 23rd June 2016 has altered the political landscape and could also have a diverse range of effects on the economy, businesses and communities in each local authority area. 
  • The UK’s economic outlook is uncertain and continued economic growth will play a crucial role in providing local authorities with a sustainable level of income from the retention of local Business Rates.
  • There is an ongoing challenge of sustained rising demand and pressure on public services which encompasses broad social issues such as population, demographics and the digital economy, as well as specific challenges in areas such as health, housing and education.  Working across boundaries, sectors and with partner organisations to maintain the necessary standards of public service is now “the new normal” and must be embraced by local authorities in order to survive.
  • The environment of financial restraint and rising demand has implications on resource management and organisational development, as well as on the effective commissioning, procurement and management of external contracts.
  • The East of England is a net contributing region to the UK economy overall and this presents opportunities to attract and harness further economic success.

In addressing the contextual challenges outlined above our core subscription offer focusses on four priority themes: Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Public Sector Resources and Reform, Future of Health and Social Care, European Union and the impact of “Brexit”.  We also host the East of England Strategic Migration Partnership.

Our areas of work currently includes:

Economic Growth and Infrastructure

We will:

  • Champion the central role of local councils in economic growth.
  • Bring together councils and their partners to support them to argue for and encourage investment in their local economies.
  •  Ensure that our member organisations use their collective strength effectively in negotiating with government.
  • Support members to face the economic and infrastructure challenges affecting their growth ambitions.
  • Support our members with meeting new and existing housing pressures and tackling barriers to housing growth.
  • Develop a coordinated approach to tackling skills shortages in key areas such as planning.

Public Service Resources and Reform

We will:

  • Support a coordinated approach to communications with central government on subjects including local government finance and securing meaningful devolution.
  • Support partnerships working locally to navigate through these uncharted waters and make the most of the opportunities offered by public service reform and devolution, while avoiding the potential risks.
  • Support leaders on the journey to developing the skills and behaviours which are integral to the future of the public sector.
  • Provide strategic HR and organisational development expertise to support partners, including those with an interest in or undertaking organisational and whole system reform
  • Help partners working on service reform to navigate the process effectively, including support with issues such as governance, sovereignty, procurement, accountability and legal form.
  • Support constructive relationships with regional trade union bodies and influence national terms and conditions.

Future of Health and Social Care

We will:

  • Support a coordinated approach to tackling the crisis in the provision of social care for older people. 
  • Provide a ‘safe space’ to test new and innovative ways of working.
  • Coordinate external activity to ensure that the East of England can argue for and secure divested national programmes and funding.
  • Support workforce integration by helping local councils and their partners identify and develop the skills, functions and expertise required to deliver personalised, integrated care.

Europe and the Impact of the EU Referendum on Exiting the EU

We will:

  • Support partners in understanding and navigating the Brexit process, including gaining clarity on the future of EU funding and implications for the workforce.
  • During the transition period, support partners to engage with and make the most of all the opportunities in the EU.
  • Facilitate discussions with regions, countries and international organisations represented in Brussels to discuss future cooperation outside the EU.
  • Engage with the Government and European Commission to highlight East of England priority issues arising from Brexit.