Summonsed to 22 Whitehall
The top spending 14 LSPs were summonsed to Whitehall to be told about the "Respect Agenda".
There are reasonable ideas behind the "respect agenda", but merely writing a "Respect Action Plan" is not one of them. We were told (having made the point that the government have demands for a large number of plans - Community Strategy, Local Area Agreement, Robust Improvement Plans - all covering the same area) that we would not be told to produce a "Respect Action Plan".
The point was emphatically made that the government is driving much of the agendas of the LSPs, but in a counterproductive manner.
Interestingly the government have started to argue that everyone should do what Birmingham has been doing. This is, of course, the same goverment as that which has argued that we should stop doing what we have been doing and centralise everything.
I wonder sometimes if the Government have compelely lost it.