13: Tri-London boroughs, UK – Community Budget pilot
The three authorities69 focused their attention in the Community Budget pilot on issues where state expenditure and costs are highest. The aim was to deliver efficiencies, reduce duplication and drive down demand across the public sector through better joined up working between agencies.
As part of this, the partners aimed to improve school to work transitions by creating a simple and coherent vocational pathway. Partners planned to ensure young people had the information to make sound choices about learning and employment by incentivising schools to provide employability support (advice, training and work experience). Partners have a local commitment to pilot an Employability Programme in six Tri-borough schools, to be funded jointly by local authorities, DWP and local schools and co-designed with schools, colleges, businesses, and the Greater London Authority. The plan is to run a small two-year pilot programme in a small number of schools with a predicted cost of £320,000. The proposal also sets out plans to strengthen the link between vocational skills funding and sustainable employment by increasing the proportion of funding paid for employment results, and streamlining and simplifying help for young people disengaged from work and learning.
Partners have identified a target population of 4,700 young people who are out of work and 3,500 young people to be given additional employability support in secondary school. Their analysis suggests that the pilot in six schools would generate savings to public services of £1.5 to 2.5 million per annum and around £6 to10 million per annum if rolled out across all schools in the Tri-borough area.