Posted: Thursday 24th January 2019
A Hertfordshire narrative and a public sector action plan, entitled A Better Deal for Hertfordshire, developed by the Hertfordshire Public Sector Chief Executives has previously been circulated to Hertfordshire MPs and local partners. This work has been overseen by Public Sector Leaders’ and good progress has been made in many areas, including:
- The Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Alliance has been formed to encourage a Hertfordshire-based solution to maximising the opportunities and benefits the apprenticeship levy presents to the county’s public sector. As part of this, a joint exercise has been undertaken to enable all parties to draw off of the same procurement framework.
- The pioneering Hertfordshire Science Partnership was launched in March. An innovative collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire LEP, it will leverage state-of-the-art science facilities and academic expertise at the university to boost the dynamic pharmaceutical, life sciences and agri-technology sectors in the East of England.
- Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Planning Partnership (HIPP) has agreed to prepare an Infrastructure Prospectus for the county, which will set out all the infrastructure requirements associated with the growth in the current crop of local plans to 2031.
- Hertfordshire Local Authority Leaders have accepted in principle the proposal to establish a Growth Board for Hertfordshire. A strategic level Member led Board to bring together spatial, economic and infrastructure planning issues, agree infrastructure priorities and funding mechanisms, and a united voice to Government and other partners.
To date, four Public Sector Leaders’ Partnership events have been held, the most recent taking place on 19 April. Attendees received an update on progress to date on the public sector plan and heard about the future challenges and opportunities for Hertfordshire in the areas of health, community safety, housing and planning and the economy. These presentations were followed by table discussions on key priorities for action. With the challenges facing Hertfordshire increasing, especially around how to manage the significant growth facing the county, there is now appetite to progress this work further and initiate a conversation with government on possible opportunities. Public sector partners are meeting with Hertfordshire MPs in October about such opportunities and look forward to engaging with all Hertfordshire MPs about the county’s aspirations.