Consultation Hub

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The site will also help you find out about how we are using the results from consultations to inform decisions.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on Delivering Skills, Employment, Enterprise and Training (SEET) from development through Section 106 contributions

We asked:
We asked for your views on the new planning document (SPD) to secure and manage employment opportunities generated by Barnet’s growth. The SPD introduces Local Employment Agreements (LEAs) on major housing and employment generating development. These Agreements are legal mechanisms covering jobs forecasting, notification of vacancies, local labour targets, jobs brokerage and skills, use of local suppliers.
You said:
You told us that the introduction of Local Employment Agreements was generally welcomed. However concerns were expressed about complexity and monitoring arrangements as well as the need for flexibility. Responses also raised some inconsistencies between the text and Table 1 as well as issues of compliance for LEAs particularly if a development is sold on.
We did:
We explained in our response to representations why we considered the SPD was the right approach for Barnet. We made the SPD clearer with respect to expectations arising from LEA particularly with regard to workplace co-ordinators, construction jobs and notification of job vacancies. We ensured Table 1 was consistent with the SPD text.

Consultation on Barnet’s new Charter with the local voluntary and community sector

We asked:
We asked your views on the new Charter for Barnet with the voluntary and community sector, replacing the former Compact between the council and the sector. We developed a set of key principles in partnership with local residents and the VCS which set out our shared values and aspirations and how these should shape the way we work together. We asked if the principles in the Charter were the right ones, if any were missing, and what actions were needed to ensure that they made in a difference.
You said:
You told us that the principle about encouraging more participation from residents and community organisations was the most important and should come first. You said that there was room for improvement in how the sector shares knowledge and the Charter should be underpinned by an action to address this. You suggested a skills and experience bank for organisations to support each other with things like applications for funding.
We did:
We re-ordered the principles to make community participation the most important, and reflected this in the specification for the council’s new VCS Development Partner service beginning in 2015. We incorporated the idea of a skills and experience bank into the tender to encourage collaboration/development. We instructed the current provider CommUNITY Barnet to change the way it supports networking by organising 3 major conferences on key themes of importance to the sector over the coming year.

Adults and Communities Budget Consultation - Community Offer: our proposals to support residents to live independently at home

We asked:
We asked what residents thought of our proposals for supporting people at home, including: - Increasing use of technology and equipment in the home, short-term enablement support, and support for family carers. - Increasing the use of Direct Payments so people can arrange their own support. - Looking at how someone’s independence can be maximised when they have their Annual Review - Changing the way respite is provided to people who care for a friend or relative.
You said:
You generally agreed with the proposal to look at new ways to support people in their homes. However, you said it was important that individual circumstances be considered to avoid people feeling isolated. Community facilities should be accessible to all. You said that some people may need extra help to manage Direct Payments, and to understand how they can be used. You also said that where respite was concerned, the needs of the carer should be considered on an individual basis.
We did:
We will take into account the concerns you raised when implementing the proposals, and we have a legal duty to assess people's needs on an individual basis. We will be re-establishing a Forum for Direct Payment Users and Carers to support them with using Direct Payments. We will also be looking into ways that we can improve accessibility to community facilities for all.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.