Community Budgets are demonstrating their potential to deliver cheaper, more integrated and more effective public services. They are at risk, however, of being replaced after a few years if key issues are not resolved. If this opportunity is missed, the Committee warns that local services could come under unsustainable pressure in the face of increased demand and reduced budgets. This in turn may result in more spending later on judicial and emergency health and welfare interventions. The Government should send a clear message that it will assist every local authority wishing to introduce Community Budgets and to set out the specific assistance it will provide them with. Furthermore, the programme of pilots must not be allowed to slow progress towards wider implementation. If they are to succeed, public service providers and local authorities must realise investment in Community Budgets will bring them benefits. Local authorities, their partners, and central government should, therefore, develop a framework for agreements on how the benefits of investment are to be shared. On the Troubled Families Programme, the Committee is supportive of the work being done but highlights the need for greater focus on how work with these families will continue after the programme ends in 2016. Noting that the resources available have not increased in proportion to the number of families added to the programme in June, DCLG needs to monitor carefully progress and provide more resources to local authorities if necessaryThird Report of Session 2013-14, Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Communities and Local Government Committee ... We note the Secretary of Statea#39;s view that barriers to data sharing are entirely artificial and not the result of the correct application of the Data Protection Act 1998. ... Some questions remain about how arrangements to ensure the financial accountability for Community Budgets will work inanbsp;...
|Title||:||House of Commons - Communities and Local Government Committee: Community Budgets - HC 163|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Communities and Local Government Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-10-23|