GOVERNMENT OFFICE WORK
Key ODPM work undertaken by GOs covers:
Neighbourhood Renewal: GOs
administer funds, support local partnerships in developing strategies,
and challenge service providers to achieve performance improvements
in deprived communities.
Regional Economic Performance:
GOs work closely with Regional Development Agencies in designing
and implementing Regional Economic Strategies. They manage European
funds to maximise economic development, and broker partnerships
Local Government: GOs work
with Local Authorities and ODPM Lead Officials in their CPA action
planning, helping to manage intervention when necessary, and supporting
a more general improvement across local authority performance.
GOs also negotiate the new Local Area Agreements on behalf of
Whitehall Departments (see more on LAAs below)
Housing: GOs currently chair
the Regional Housing Boards, which develop regional housing strategies
and oversee the allocation of funding. They also have an oversight
and approval role for Local Authorities' own housing strategies.
GOs support delivery of ODPM's Decent Homes targetidentifying
where efforts should be targeted, and working directly with local
authorities to ensure that fit for purpose strategies are in place.
Planning: GOs assist the Regional
Planning Bodies (the Assemblies) in preparing draft revisions
to the Regional Strategies and advise the Secretary of State on
changes following examinations-in-public. The GOs also assist
Local Planning Authorities in ensuring that good quality Local
Development Frameworks are produced. They undertake planning casework,
and initiate intervention to ensure targets are achieved.
Resilience/Fire Service Modernisation:
Each GO has a team co-ordinating regional activity to prepare
for civil contingencies and an official co-ordinating regional
activity on Fire and Rescue Service modernisation.
GO Work for other Government departments
GOs work for other departments includes crime,
drugs, local transport, children and young people programmes,
rural issues, European Structural Funds, Public Health and sports,
arts and culture. GOs have also supported key Government operational
initiatives such as foot and mouth eradication, community cohesion
action following the northern town riots, and the street crime
initiative. DfES have recently announced an expanded and strategic
role for the GO Network in the delivery of key departmental priorities.