The Transformation Challenge Award is a challenge fund which makes a £120 million grant (£15 million in 2014 to 2015 and £105 million in 2015 to 2016) and a £200 million facility to use the capital receipts from asset sales flexibly, available to support local authorities re-engineer their business practices and redesign service delivery.
The bidding prospectus, containing the information local authorities need to complete bids for funding, was published in April 2014. The first deadline for the Transformation Challenge Award is 1 July 2014 (bids for 2014 to 2015 funding and expressions of interest for 2015 to 2016). The deadline for bids for 2015 to 2016 funding is 1 October 2014.
The frequently asked questions document has been compiled to help local authorities interested in bidding for funding as part of the Transformation Challenge Award. It responds to issues raised during our engagement sessions and queries raised directly by local authorities.
Brandon Lewis hosted a live teleconference question and answer session on the 29 April 2014, giving local government the opportunity to offer feedback directly to the minister about the Transformation Challenge Award. The session focused on encouraging smaller districts, with single chief executives and management teams, to share these senior posts with 1 or more authorities to make efficiencies and improve services.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), in partnership with New Economy, are organising a series of cost benefit analysis workshops around the country as part of the support package for authorities interested in putting bids forward to the Transformation Challenge Award. These workshops are training sessions, designed to support authorities with the cost benefit analysis element of Transformation Challenge Award bids and with cost benefit analysis in general. The flyer gives full details of the content and purpose of the workshops, where they are being held, and how to register. You can also find information about the workshops on the ‘Events’ section of the Public Service Transformation Network website.