IEWM Stocktake Paper and Consultation Paper – May 2016

IEWM is currently consulting upon and considering options for the future delivery of the IEWM Programme, recognising both the challenges and opportunities for the Programme in the context of the substantially changing operating environment for the sector (devolution, health integration etc.).

We are looking to explore and pursue options that could secure the future sustainability of the IEWM Programme (or elements of it), potentially to at least 2020 if the right solutions can be found.

In doing so, we are seeking to explore a combination of options that would not only enable the ongoing sustainability of the IEWM programme but would also bring in valuable resources, capability, knowledge and capacity from a range of partners as we move forward.

To help inform our future direction, we are keen to speak with as many of our stakeholders as possible and to test out the appetite of the sector and potential partners in respect of the potential options available.

If you would like to find out more please read our consultation paper and if you are interested in speaking to a member of the IEWM team to let us have your views then please leave your contact details here and we will be in touch.

Read the paper here: IEWM Stocktake and Consultation Paper – May 2016

All the best from the IEWM team


‘Fit for the Future?’ report by Sustainability West Midlands, supported by IEWM, available now

Last year, IEWM worked with Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) on ‘Fit for the Future?’ – the first national review of all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs) commitments to tackling climate change and embracing the low carbon economy, based on information from their latest key strategies.

Fit For The Future

The report is aimed at those working with LEPs at the local and national level to integrate climate adaptation, mitigation and the low carbon economy into the economic strategies and the billion pounds worth of investments over the next five years.

The report contains good practice case studies, benchmarking tables, maps and recommendations to those working with LEPs.

Dr Simon Slater, Director of Policy and Partnerships at Sustainability West Midlands said:

“Despite the challenges many LEPs face in terms of limited staff and resources, and an ever changing playing field, we were impressed by the number of good practice examples in strategic plans and reporting across England. However, the real test will be to see how these intentions are flowing into action with local partners.”

SWM ran an event on the 8 March to present the findings and share good practice found in the research. The event brought together representatives from LEPs from all over the country to share good practice on climate and to gain support from key national bodies on this agenda. Feedback from the event was excellent with 98% of delegates who completed an evaluation form considering the Conference to be good to excellent in terms of its organisation and content, with 90% of delegates feeling that the aims had been met to an excellent or good standard.

You can read the report here: Fit for the Future? Local Enterprise Partnerships’ Climate Ready and Low Carbon Economy Good Practice
(Second (and final) iteration to be published Friday 29 April 2016 to reflect additional evidence from LEPs)

The LGA launches an expansion of the One Public Estate programme

On Friday 8 April 2016 One Public Estate (OPE) launched an expansion. It invites partnerships of councils to apply for support and up to £500k funding by putting forward ambitious and credible work programmes to be delivered in collaboration with other public sector partners in the area.

This opportunity is available for both new areas looking to join and existing OPE Phase three partnerships to expand their current OPE programmes.

For more information on the One Public Estate and how to apply, please see the prospectus.

Join the Open Day on Thursday 28th April to discuss your application.  Please email by Friday 22nd April to register your interest in attending.

A major plank of the Government’s investment strategy for the UK is its commitment to release the value of public sector assets, specifically land and property.


One Public Estate

Local authorities in England hold £225 billion of assets, including over £60 billion in property not used for schools or housing (1). By using assets more effectively councils can create local economic growth, and deliver more integrated public services. Councils have already sold £10,641 billion land and property between 2010-2015 (2).

The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates local authority capital receipts to be £11.2 billion between 2015 – 2020 (3).  A key outcome is the release of public sector land for housing. These pages give more information on how best a local authority can engage with its central government neighbours and partners.

(1) Source – Capital Expenditure and Receipts 2013-14 Summary, DCLG, March 2015.
(2) Source – Local Government Financial Statistics England 2015, No. 25 page 66, and Capital Payments & Receipts Live Tables CPR 1-4, for 2014/15 Outturn
(3) Source – OBR Economic & Fiscal Outlook Supplementary Fiscal Tables, Table 2.30 Sale of Fixed Assets. Figure is up to £19.5bn including HRA (RTB and other) sales.

To find out more, please visit:

Call made for co-operation amid the winds of change

FullSizeRender (1)“A great wind is blowing,” Catherine the Great once said, “And that gives you either imagination or a headache.”

It’s certainly true that local government is at the centre of the storm as the IEWM annual conference in Birmingham heard.

Chief amongst those winds of change is the Social Care Act and the potential for integration with health services which have been described as the largest change to social care in a generation.

But calls were made for a collaboration of the willing and for people to come forward to help the region step up the pace and work out the right way to make changes to health and social care.

The topic was tackled in a three-way panel discussion between Alistair Neill chief executive of Herefordshire County Council, Cllr John Cotton, lead member for social care at Birmingham City Council and Andrew Webster who is responsible for health and social care integration at the LGA.

These are harsh winds blown in by austerity.

Money will remain tight. There will be a bit more for the NHS and there needs to be a debate about whether or not social care can be protected, the session heard. But if that happens that means deeper cuts to the unprotected areas. Local government is one of these. There is also likely to be fewer GPs and more specialists.

The trend is towards a single pot of money and more joint decisions between local government and the NHS. Which in all likelihood means, Alistair Neill speculated, thinking of more joint decisions. That also means more decisions and power for health and wellbeing boards the forum where both parties are joined at the table by the third sector. There are more than 100 of these bodies set up by the current coalition government and likely to last whatever the colour of the next government.

As organisations many are still finding their feet and have not yet become a proven part of the landscape. But part of the landscape they are likely to remain.

Alistair said: “We could take a bleak view of the future but that would be pretty uninspiring, so we are taking the positive approach – seeing how we can make unavoidable change work. It is less important who owns what and more important what they do.”

The Herefordshire chief also called for people to step forward to help come up with the solutions. Collaboration is needed. A new way of working is needed.

“What we need is a coalition of the willing,” he said.

One of the first steps is a network of people in the West Midlands who are prepared to help change and who have the ideas to help make it happen. What will that network look like? That’s to be worked out. But the first step is to encourage debate, discussion and new ideas.

Celebrating the work of the West Midlands Highways Alliance

WMHA report 2014 web header



This publication highlights the work and successes achieved by the West Midlands Highway Alliance (WMHA), since its formation in the summer of 2007 and provides a list of 24 case studies from across the region. Supported by over £0.7 million of Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands (IEWM), the programme has delivered over £25 million of efficiencies to date and is on course to deliver £47 million by October 2015, together with a range of significant service improvements.

TThe WMHA is one of the most active highway related networks nationally and continues to deliver benefits to the 14 Highway Authorities across the West Midlands.


Click here to download the report.

National Procurement Strategy for Local Government published


Procurement Environment

Procurement Environment

             Source: National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England 2014, p. 12


National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement, together with the Local Government Association launched the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government in England at the LGA Conference in Bournemouth last week.

This strategy sets out a vision for local government procurement and encourages all councils in England to engage with the delivery of outcomes in four key areas:

  1. Making Savings,
  2. Supporting Local Economies,
  3. Leadership and
  4. Modernising Procurement.

The strategy is fully endorsed by the Local Government Association’s Improvement and Innovation Board. National Advisory Group owns the strategy and is responsible for overseeing it’s implementation including preparation of periodic update reports.


For more information please contact:

Nigel Kletz –

Assistant Director – Corporate Procurement

Birmingham City Council


Local Partnerships, SWM and IEWM publish reports to celebrate the work of WMPA







On the 8th July Local Partnerships and IEWM hosted a fringe event at the LGA Annual Conference to launch publication on how West Midlands councils are stimulating growth within their communities: “Rebuilding our local economies. How West Midlands councils are using assets for growth”, and to celebrate the success of the West Midlands Property Alliance (WMPA).

Formed in June 2010 the alliance of all 33 Local Authorities in the West Midlands have been focusing on:

  • knowing where assets are and how they are performing
  • increasing multi-agency occupacy
  • delivering efficiencies from Facilities Management

The event was opened by Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry Council and Chair of the WMPA. He said:

“I have chaired the West Midlands Property Alliance since its formation in 2010 and I’m extremely pleased to have been actively involved and contributed to the success achieved to date. I believethat the WMPA and the supporting programme have provided a valuable driving force and have been highly successful in delivering significant benefits.”

The event and the reports below celebrate the work undertaken across the region and bring to a conclusion the work of WMPA and the associated supporting programme.

IEWM Associates working hard in the West Midlands

Since we launched the refreshed the IEWM Associate Framework on 1st April take up has been quite staggering!

We currently have nine Associates working on assignments across the West Midlands region with another two assignments waiting to be uploaded onto the portal and awarded. Over 600 days have already been commissioned through the framework, equivalent to a commitment of c.£308,ooo in value.

The priority at the moment seems to be support for Adult Social Care activities but Transformation and support for Organisational Change initiatives runs a close second. Annndddddd, it’s not all direct commissions by IEWM, 50% of the work to date commissioned through the framework has been from direct requests from Local Authorities in the Region with 3 Unitaries/Mets accessing the IEWM Portal and 2 District Councils making use of the Framework Contract which is FREE!!! to access by the Public Sector.

Less than 3 months in I am really pleasantly surprised with the progress so far and looking forward to the continued expansion of activities as the framework runs its course of the next three years or so.

I already have three more authorities asking questions about how they can use the framework so feel free to give me a call or email me to find out more. Tony Ashfield 07771372616,


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