Tuesday 17 October 2017

EMC Support to Member Organisations for 2016-17

EMC understands it is more important than ever for councils to confirm the value from every part of their expenditure.  As an ‘all-member organisation’; EMC routinely offers all councillors in the region opportunities to attend our policy briefing, skills development and training events with 1700 councillors and officer places taken throughout 2016/17.  We have continued to offer advice, access to low cost services and capacity support; and all councils in membership accessed at least one of these discounted services, for example, EMC undertook 44 different service-specific assignments for councils in the region and increased the level of savings delivered to almost £860,000 – a return of over 3:1 against total member subscriptions. 

Looking ahead, further work will focus on those issues recently emphasised by Councils.  This will include progressing Midlands Connect and Midlands Engine proposals; continuing efforts to secure greater investment into the East Midlands; providing a platform for councillors’ leadership on key issues, including refugee and asylum resettlement; and continuing the comprehensive councillor and officer development programme.

Political Respresentation and Engagement

Supporting Elected Members

Supporting officers

Human Resources (HR) Support    

Professional Learning and Development Support

Coaching and Mentoring

EMC coordinates the East Midlands Coaching Network which helps authorities build internal coaching capacity and enable people to access trained and experienced coaches from other local authorities and partner organisations to support performance, improvement and personal development at very low cost. www.emcouncils.gov.uk/East-Midlands-Coaching-Network

EMC also provide Coaching and Mentoring Support outside of the network.

Information Security Support  

EMC support member authorities through a scheme that allows access to an information security breach warning service, along with a network for IT Security officer that supports the facilitation of discussion and sharing of information.

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/EMGWARP-Network

 

Strategic Influence / Adding Value

EMC provides regional leadership on Hs2, asylum and refugee resettlement, supports the leading role of councils on Midlands Connect and the Midlands Engine; is a key partner to DfT on the East Midlands Rail Franchise Competition and continues its role as the regional employers’ body.  

As an ‘all-member organisation’; EMC routinely offers all councillors in the region opportunities to attend our policy briefing, skills development and training events with 1700 councillors and officer places taken throughout 2016/17.  We have continued to offer advice, access to low cost services and capacity support; and all councils in membership accessed at least one of these discounted services, for example, EMC undertook 44 different service-specific assignments for councils in the region and increased the level of savings delivered to almost £860,000 – a return of over 3:1 against total member subscriptions.

Working with MPs

EMC in conjunction with the East Midlands Chambers of Commerce has supported the East Midlands All Party Parliamentary Group, including the continued lobbying for the upgrade and electrification of the Midland Mainline, securing wider infrastructure investment opportunities through Midlands Engine/Connect and better joint promotion of the region.

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Working-with-East-Midlands-MPs

Midlands Engine

With councils and LEPs across the region, EMC has taken a lead role in shaping emerging proposals and work programmes of the Midlands Engine.  This work has the firm backing of Government; the partnership has successfully secured £4m from Government to support the development of the Midlands Engine, with council leaders being members of the Supervisory Board, and EMC taking lead responsibilities on the development of the industrial strategy and Midlands Engine Action Plan; we have continued to ensure that the region’s interests are reflected in the work programme of the Midlands Engine.

In order to reflect sector priorities, a strong focus of the work of EMC has been upon supporting economic growth. In this regard, the following work is highlighted to member councils: 

HS2 in the East Midlands

EMC has worked closely with councils, LEPs and other stakeholders to develop and publish an emerging HS2 growth strategy ‘Fast Track to Growth’ in September 2016 (available at: http://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/write/East_Midlands_HS2_for_Website_single_pages.pdf) which sets out initial proposals to use HS2 investment in the East Midlands to create an additional 74,000 jobs and £4 billion of GVA across the region. This document has been well received by Government and resulted in the release of an additional £625,000 by DfT to develop a full growth strategy by July 2017. ‘Fast Track to Growth’ also won the East Midlands RTPI Award for Plan of the Year 2016.

EMC has continued to work as part of the HS2 East Partnership to promote the delivery of the Eastern Leg of HS2 and the improved connectivity to the North East and Scotland. Further information is available at: http://www.hs2east.co.uk/

Midlands Connect

EMC has work at both an executive and political level with the West Midlands to develop and publish the Midlands Connect Strategy in March 2017 (available at: https://www.midlandsconnect.uk/media/1100/midlands-connect-strategy-march-2017.pdf ) which prioritises key East Midlands infrastructure priorities as part of a long term strategic investment programme to boost connectivity across the Midlands.

The Midlands Connect Strategy has been welcomed by Government and has resulted in an additional £17 million being made available to help drive forward work on key priorities over the next 3 years. 

Midland Main Line and East Midlands Rail Franchise

EMC is working in partnership with the DfT on the East Midlands Rail Franchise Competition to ensure that future rail services meet the needs of communities and businesses across the East Midlands and help to deliver the Midlands Engine agenda.

  • With additional support from the region’s LTAs, EMC has seconded a staff resource to the DfT Franchise team in London, and following extensive consultation has produced a Strategic Statement and Social Value Statement as a basis for EMC’s engagement in the process.  
  • EMC is continuing to press for the delivery of the Government’s commitment to upgrade and electrify the Midland Main Line.

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/East-Midlands-Rail-Franchis

Local Government as Employers

EMC in its role as the regional employers’ organisation has provided opportunities for local authorities in the region to influence national developments in pay, collating views and ensuring these are used to inform national negotiations. This year, the focus has been on a review of the national pay spine to address the impact of the national living wage, as well as joint discussions on terms and conditions of term-time employees.

EMC has responded to government consultation on developments in employment legislation to represent the interests of councils in the region. Over 2016/17, this has included proposals relating to caps on exit pay in the public sector, introduction of a levy and targets for apprenticeships in the public sector, and new taxation regulations relating to Intermediaries. In November 2016, EMC hosted a free event for local authorities to hear direct from government agencies on the new apprenticeship regime and to share information and approaches.

EMC has added value by providing free advice and guidance to authorities on the implementation of employment legislation and national terms and conditions. The new apprenticeship regime, potential changes to exit pay and restructuring are among the more frequent issues that authorities have sought advice on during 2016/17.

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Regional-Employers-Organisation

Migration

East Midlands Councils hosts the Strategic Migration Partnership - funded by the Home Office to co-ordinate activities regarding the dispersal, accommodation and support of asylum seekers, refugees and wider migration issues across the region. During 2016/17 the EMSMP's achievements include:

  • Established new Board governance structures to ensure that the East Midlands has a strong voice to government in relation to asylum, refugee and migration matters.
  • Supporting the Home Office to widen asylum dispersal, opening up one new dispersal area and supporting councils in discussions with the Home Office.
  • Coordinating the East Midlands response to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement programme. The East Midlands has now accommodated over 300 Syrian refugees since the programme commenced in 2015.
  • First family accommodated under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Programme which includes families with vulnerable children form the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Coordinating the National Transfer Scheme for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. To date, around fifty children have been transferred either from within the region or from London and Kent. The figure also includes children received under the Dubs amendment to the Immigration Act 2016.
  • Hosted a conference on Asylum and Refugee resettlement refugees attended by over 100 delegates from Councils across the region in January 2017.
  • Delivered training to local authorities on cultural awareness and support to victims of violence and torture.

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/East-Midlands-Strategic-Migration-Partnership

EMC’s Policy Briefing

EMC’s weekly Policy Briefing which highlights key policy development and relevant EMC initiatives is sent to lead officers and members in your authority.

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Policy-Briefing