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Making Medway better: Medway’s second Local Area Agreement is approved

Date: 02/06/2008           Category: Customer First

Medway Council has approved a series of pledges to improve the area, community safety and health of everyone living and working there. The goals agreed include reducing teenage pregnancy rates, improving educational standards, tackling obesity, reducing serious violence and anti-social behaviour, improving access to sexual health services and reducing domestic violence. These targets will be monitored through various council and partner bodies and are subject to annual review. The council, with partners from the Local Strategic Partnership, (LSP), is required to negotiate a new Local Area Agreement (LAA2) with government by 30 May. This will set out the most importance local priorities for the area and stipulates 50 targets the council and its partners must achieve between now and 31 March, 2011. The LAA is the key document setting the improvement priorities for Medway to be delivered through the LSP and is made up of Kent Police, Medway Primary Care Trust, Kent Fire and Rescue, Jobcentre Plus, the South East of England Development Agency, representatives from higher and further education, the community, voluntary sector and businesses. A list of 34 priorities was selected from a list of 198 indicators set by government. Against each of these indicators the council and partners must set annual performance targets for the three years of the LAA. The remaining 16 statutory targets relate to early years and educational achievement. Officers within the council and across partner organisations have been negotiating performance targets with the Government Office for the South East (GOSE). They will then be approved by the Secretary of State. Medway Council Leader Cllr Rodney Chambers said: “I am confident this Local Area Agreement will benefit Medway residents. “Medway has a diverse and growing population and this new agreement is central to achieving good community cohesion. These are challenging targets but, by working closely with all our partners, will ensure the lives and prospects of all residents are greatly improved.” The council papers can be read at www.medway.gov.uk/f20080528r.pdf