What statutory power does the STP have and do councils have to sign it off?
The STP is just a plan – or more accurately a series of plans – to address the issues we all know we face. It has no statutory authority; it is based on a voluntary partnership of CCGs and providers, with local authority input. Local commissioners will continue to draw up operating plans – now every two years – and these will be based on local needs, including needs they have identified as part of the STP. There will not be a one size fits all approach as different boroughs have different needs.
There is no requirement for local authorities to sign off STPs, though clearly their support of the plans would be welcome.