Castle Vale Our Place (Community Budget) Pilot

As part of the commitment to decentralise power from Whitehall to neighbourhoods and communities, and in line with its Open Public Services white paper, the Coalition government has introduced the concept of Neighbourhood Level Community Budgets, driving budgets down to neighbourhood level for services that can be co-designed with local residents and managed at the local level.

Castle Vale is one of 10 national pilot projects that have been established by the department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) to test the possible benefits of creating local ‘neighbourhood community budgets’. Castle Vale is specialising on developing a community budget around services for health and wellbeing.

Following an application process (November- December 2011), our bid which included our aspirations for local control of community leisure budgets and facilities as well as health, Castle Vale was selected to test out our proposals to co-design and co-commission health and wellbeing services. Two other projects in Birmingham were also accepted as pilots (Balsall Heath and Shard End) and the Birmingham project is seen by DCLG as one of the ten national pilots.

Detailed project plans have been approved by CLG for the three areas with an overarching plan that covers all three areas as well as cross area activity. The project plans will be regularly reviewed and updated with CLG. Be Birmingham has appointed a programme manager who will be responsible for managing the overall project responsible to the director of Be Birmingham who will be the lead accountable Officer.

Each area has developed their own management arrangements and in Castle Vale we have a health action working group which will act as the steering group for our project, linking with the Vale Leisure Trust for the asset transfer and will report to the NPB as well as Be Birmingham and CLG.

To find out more information about the Castle Vale Neighbourhood Budget Pilot contact Ruth Miller, Castle Vale Neighbourhood Manager on 0121 718 8192 or ruthm@cvcha.org.uk

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