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Strategy, Partnerships & Devolution Portfolio Holder

Description

The Portfolio Holder for Strategy, Partnerships and Devolution is also the Leader of the Council.  The Portfolio Holder for Strategy, Partnerships and Devolution’s responsibilities are as follows:

 

Strategy:

 

·                     To have strategic oversight of the Council's affairs;

 

·                     Ensure that the Council’s priorities are underpinned by fairness for all in these tough economic times;

 

·                     To lead on the development of strategies to help families with the ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ and stand up for Harrow, its businesses and residents;

 

·                     To lead, monitor, have oversight and, where necessary take decisions about policy/strategy and provision regarding the strategic relationship with other Boroughs and the development of additional services;

 

·                     Development of an effective strategy/policy framework for the council, local voluntary sector and partners;

 

·                     To ensure that the council does not lose focus on tackling the disparities that exist in Harrow, in particular, in terms of economic achievement, child poverty, health and wellbeing;

 

·                     To encourage and ensure cross directorate working across the Council;

 

·                     Providing political leadership to the development and implementation of the Council’s Corporate Plan and Budget;

 

·                     To lead on the transformation of Council services to be more business-like, commercial and maximising value for taxpayers money;

 

·                     To ensure that the Council is meeting its commitments and strategies as set out in the Corporate Plan;

 

·                     To lead on Council-wide strategy to deal with life expectancy and inequality.

 

Partnership and community leadership:

 

·                     To ensure that the council continues to work together with the community to improve the quality of life for all our residents, our families and our young people;

 

·                     Acting as an advocate for the local community and a spokesperson for residents;

 

·                     Promoting Council priorities;

 

·                     Building cross-borough links that progress the Council’s objectives;

 

·                     Representing the Council externally and furthering the Council's interests within London, National and international bodies/forums to promote Harrow’s interests, in particular with the West London alliance, London Councils and the Local Government Association;

 

Devolution:

 

·                     To sit on the West London Economic Prosperity Board to promote jobs and growth across Harrow;

 

·                     To work on a regional basis to ensure Harrow receives a fairer deal on its grant from Government;

 

·                     To work on a regional basis to ensure that Harrow’s residents benefit from the devolution of services and business rates;

 

·                     Actively participate in and seek further devolution opportunities;

 

·                     Provide local leadership on all Government devolution announcements.

 

Communications:

 

·                     To oversee the delivery of Council publications including Harrow People and A-Z of Council Services;

 

·                     Champion a set of marketing campaigns in support of the Council and its services;

 

·                     To oversee internal communications and staff awards;

 

·                     Give direction to the Council’s media relations to promote the Council’s reputation;

 

·                     Promote the Council’s branding to deliver consistency across services and to improve residents’ awareness of our services.

 

(Note:  Portfolio Holder Decisions taken by the Strategy, Partnerships and Devolution can be found on the Portfolio Holder for Strategy, Partnerships and Devolution’s Decisions webpage. 

 

 

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