Partnerships

Welsh council and DVLA join together to recycle IT equipment

21/06/2022

Swansea has become the first council to receive donated laptops from the DVLA as part of a new partnership.

Report finds Havant could financially become a stand-alone council

09/03/2022

Havant Borough Council has been warned it must overcome a number of financial risks in order to end its partnership with East Hampshire District Council.

A blueprint partnership for success

18/02/2022

Richard Pearce argues that while working partnerships between developers and councils take time and effort, it does pays off.

Two Essex councils agree formal strategic partnership

01/02/2022

Two councils in Essex have formalised their strategic partnership after successfully sharing a joint chief executive for six months.

Hampshire councils agree formal end to 12-year partnership

31/01/2022

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council have both formally agreed to end their joint management agreement.

Oxfordshire councils look to scrap partnership

18/01/2022

Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council have announced they are looking to end their formal partnership.

Management team split for Hampshire councils

06/01/2022

East Hampshire DC and Havant BC will establish their own management teams after a 12-year partnership, the councils have announced.

What does living with COVID really mean for local government?

09/12/2021

We’re not just living with the virus itself, but with the knock-on effects, says Zina Etheridge.

Call for a cross-system approach to tackle violence against women and girls

20/09/2021

Local authorities will play a key role in ending 'an epidemic' of violence against women and girls, a new report has said.

10 councils receive funding for data sharing projects

03/09/2021

Vulnerable children and families will receive better support after a new fund was set up to improve how data is shared between local partners.

Three Lincolnshire councils agree new partnership

06/08/2021

Boston Borough, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils have agreed to share a management team and workforce under the largest partnership of its kind in the country.

Cardiff Council to manage procurement services for Monmouthshire

08/07/2021

Cardiff Council will manage Monmouthshire County Council's procurement operations and functions for the next three years.

Lincolnshire districts join forces in new partnership

18/06/2021

Three Lincolnshire district councils have announced they will form a new strategic partnership.

Councils urged to embrace three changes to strengthen partnerships with charities

12/05/2021

A new report has urged councils to make three key changes in order to get the best from their local voluntary sector.

Pandemic made councils 'more responsive' to charities, survey finds

22/04/2021

The pandemic has helped improve the relationships and collaboration between local authorities and charities, according to new research.

Liverpool City Region launches £30m digital joint venture

26/02/2021

A £30m joint venture to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected area in the UK has been unveiled by metro mayor Steve Rotheram.

Homes England invites councils to become strategic partners

22/02/2021

Local authorities have been invited to become strategic partners with Homes England to increase the delivery of affordable housing.

Boston Council becomes third shareholder in local authority company

19/02/2021

Boston Borough Council has agreed to become a shareholder in a local authority trading company to save £1.8m over the next ten years.

The Bay – a pivot to purpose

26/01/2021

Tim Pope and Sam Plum explain why local government reorganisation can be used as a catalyst for a new generation of councils that reflect their local economies and can lead the recovery.

Councils across the UK join pioneering network to tackle homelessness

21/01/2021

Fifteen local authorities have now joined a new network to help tackle homelessness.

Six areas secure funding to develop local health partnerships

14/01/2021

Six areas in England have been chosen to take part in a programme aimed at tackling health inequalities and improving the wellbeing of local communities.

Are joint ventures still relevant in a post COVID housing sector?

02/12/2020

What impact will COVID-19 have on joint ventures in the housing sector? Mash Halai reports.

Yorkshire councils make case for more localised COVID-19 interventions

11/08/2020

Seven councils in Yorkshire that have appeared on the national COVID-19 watchlist in recent weeks have pledged to work together in a bid to secure extra funding.

London's first cross-borough low traffic scheme

06/08/2020

The capital's first cross-borough lower traffic neighbourhood has been set up by Newham and Waltham Forest Councils.

Hampshire councils sign £1.2bn joint venture for new garden community

29/07/2020

A public-private partnership to deliver 3,500 homes in Hampshire's new garden community has been agreed.

Continuing down the path to hepatitis C elimination

28/07/2020

Rachel Halford explains how multi-agency partnership working during the pandemic has helped to test and treat people for the hepatitis C virus.

Public bodies urged to work in partnership to eliminate rough sleeping

23/07/2020

Public bodies have failed to work together to tackle homelessness in Wales, a report has warned today.

Fostering innovation in UK local councils

08/07/2020

Giles K Bailey and Dr Ali Ahmad call on councils to bring the brightest and best minds together in order to develop creative solutions to the challenges they face.

Sheffield approves new approach to managing street trees

12/03/2020

A new partnership to manage its street trees has been approved by Sheffield City Council, following protests last year about its tree felling programme.

Council signs agreement with 10 housing associations

27/01/2020

Lambeth Council has signed a joint agreement with all 10 housing associations operating in the borough to transform housing services.

Partnership working will deliver best outcomes in social care

29/11/2019

Hayden Knight believes that a collaborative approach between providers, local authorities and other agencies offers an opportunity to innovate the way we care for people with dementia.

Hull aims to be ‘one of smartest cities in the world’ with new partnership

14/10/2019

A new partnership between Hull CC and smart city operator Connexin is set to put Hull among ‘the world leaders in smart city technology’, council says.

New partnership to help Welsh councils build affordable housing

16/08/2019

The Welsh government has partnered with a membership body for housing professionals in an effort to help councils build more affordable housing in Wales.

Havant BC calls for better water quality testing

02/08/2019

Havant Borough Council is proposing to form a partnership with other local authorities to lobby for further water quality testing and monitoring.

Brentwood Council signs £1bn joint venture

02/08/2019

A £1bn joint venture to deliver new homes, public spaces and local facilities has been agreed between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments.

Councils work together to fight fly-tippers

16/07/2019

Cambridge and Peterborough councils are joining forces to crack down on the scourge of fly-tipping.

Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

16/04/2019

Two councils are considering extending their working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broader conversation’ on local government organisation.

Somerset council signs six ‘community library partnerships’

08/04/2019

Somerset County Council signed six ‘community library partnerships’ last week in a move that will help maintain library services in the face of cuts.

UniCORN Framework

26/02/2019

Why BT UniCORN Framework – Join the partnership to cut costs and create opportunities.

The role of digital leadership

21/02/2019

Phil Baulch of BT looks at some of the key issues discussed at The MJ’s recent Future Forum North event.

London boroughs announce new joint digital strategy

07/02/2019

Kingston and Sutton councils have announced a new joint digital strategy that will help the boroughs become ‘better connected through technology’.

Somerset council’s ‘help at home’ scheme saves NHS £2m

17/01/2019

Somerset County Council’s ‘help at home’ scheme has helped patients avoid 7,500 nights in hospital and has saved the NHS at least £2m.

Report calls for 'reset' of Public Private Partnerships

16/11/2018

A strong leadership role from local government is essential for ensuring the success of regeneration schemes involving the public and private sector, a new report has argued.

Redefining public-private partnerships

09/11/2018

David Mawson explains how an age-old term could conceal a new solution.

Taking the conflict out of partnerships

30/10/2018

Andrew Savege calls on councils to rethink what partnership means to get the best from PPP.

Public-private commissioning: a question of trust

15/10/2018

The recent report by the New Local Government Network found a dwindling appetite for outsourcing at a time when many are rethinking the relationship between the public and private sectors.

Perfect partners for community growth

26/09/2018

Michelle Ovens explains how partnerships between local government and small businesses can dive more social impact at a low cost.

East Anglian counties sign business agreement with Dutch officials

17/09/2018

The Dutch province of Drenthe has signed a partnership agreement with Norfolk and Suffolk to strengthen trade relations between the areas.

A BT first: see Baron Heseltine in action

02/07/2018

A BT first: BT recently co-hosted the inaugural Chamberlain Lecture, featuring a keynote speech by The Rt Hon. the Lord Heseltine CH.

Barnet to review outsourcing partnership with Capita

29/06/2018

Barnet Council is considering taking seven services back in-house, under a review of its outsourcing partnership with Capita.

The PPPs that do work

26/06/2018

Bill Hughes explains that with the right relationship and culture, public-private partnerships can deliver even in the most challenging of circumstances.

Cherwell and Oxfordshire councils agree joint working

05/06/2018

Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council have agreed to develop joint working arrangements between the two authorities.

Keeping children out of care

01/05/2018

Five London boroughs are piloting a new payment-by-results model to help keep children out of care. Brigitte Squire explains more about the scheme.

The end of public-private partnerships?

11/04/2018

Rather than abandoning all public-private partnerships in the wake of Carillion's collapse, Richard Tinham urges councils to explore other partnership models.

Carillion collapse: What next for public services?

16/01/2018

Jos Creese argues it may be time to reassess the boundaries and expectations for public/private partnerships in the wake of the demise of Carillion.

Think tank urges every city to set up a local Inclusive Growth Investment Commission

13/12/2017

Cities should establish new bodies to coordinate and finance attempts to extend prosperity more widely, according to a think tank report.

Birmingham proposes flexible ICT partnership

07/11/2017

A more flexible ICT partnership to save £43m by 2021 has been proposed by Birmingham City Council to replace the current joint venture.

Policy creating tensions between councils and housing associations warns guide

26/09/2017

Councils and housing associations need to develop a closer working relationship to meet housing need, new research has warned.

Commissioning for the future

01/09/2017

Chief executive of Barnet LBC, John Hooton, explains why they have chosen the best-placed delivery partner for the job.

Kent councils pledge commitement to District Deal

16/06/2017

Two councils in Kent have pledged their commitment to formally working together, one year after they first signed the District Deal.

West Sussex councils sign partnership agreement

21/03/2017

Councils have signed a new partnership agreement designed to deliver thousands of new jobs and homes on the south coast.

Essex councils agree to explore new shared services

02/03/2017

Two Essex councils have agreed to explore further joint working and shared services.

Free webinar on how to successfully merge councils

24/02/2017

This is your last chance to sign up to a free webinar exploring how councils can implement successful mergers and partnerships.

South London councils agree to jointly deliver new work and health programme

20/02/2017

Five councils in London have agreed to work together to commission a new work and health programme.

Council considers joint venture for environmental services

09/02/2017

A joint venture between Daventry District Council and Norse Commercial Services to deliver waste and recycling services is being considered for next year.

Free webinar: Critical lessons from merging councils in Australia

01/02/2017

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils made history this month after becoming the first two districts in more than 40 years to approve a formal merger.

London council joins Kent's Licensing Partnership

16/11/2016

A London council has joined a Kent-based local authority licensing partnership in a bid to improve service delivery and save thousands of pounds.

Wolverhampton to set up partnership with Chinese city

29/09/2016

The City of Wolverhampton Council and Anqing in China have agreed to work together to improve education, culture, business and health in both cities.

Getting the most from joint working

25/08/2016

Harlow DC chief executive Malcolm Morley explains how councils can make joint working more successful.

Councils urged to strengthen partnerships to protect victims of domestic violence

25/08/2016

Two west London authorities failed to work together effectively to support a woman at risk of domestic violence, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found.

Council library staff trained to help people file police reports

24/08/2016

Library staff at Norfolk County Council will be helping people access police services as part of a six month pilot scheme.

Sheffield signs multi-million deal with Chinese company

21/07/2016

Sheffield has agreed to the biggest Chinese investment deal outside of London in a move which promises the city millions of pounds worth of funding.

26 Scottish councils join forces on digital transformation

27/05/2016

A consortium of twenty-six local authorities in Scotland are joining forces to improve council services using digital technology.

Councils to partner with universities to reform services

13/05/2016

Council chiefs are to work closely with universities to help re-design public services in six areas.

Public-private partnership provides £1bn to build 10,000 properties

03/05/2016

A new partnership has been launched to help the public sector build thousands of new homes.

Universities and charities should cooperate more for public benefit, says new study

26/04/2016

Public policy outcomes could be improved if academics and the third sector worked more closely together, argues new report.

Joint ventures offer ‘great opportunities for savings’, report says

21/04/2016

Local authorities can use joint ventures (JVs) to deliver services effectively, but only if objectives and partnership arrangements are carefully consider, report says.

Council pension funds get go-ahead to pool assets

11/04/2016

Two local government pension schemes are due to join forces after they got approval to pool their assets by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Launch of Local Digital Coalition

05/04/2016

A new coalition to help councils develop internet-based services has been launched.

Five councils sign 'ground breaking' outsourcing contracts

10/02/2016

Five councils from different parts of the country have agreed a ‘revolutionary’ procurement deal in a bid to save more than £50m over nine years.

Bournemouth reveals plan to bring outsourced services back in house

20/01/2016

Bournemouth Council is set to bring a £14m outsourced contract to supply a range of back office functions back in house as it grapples with 'unprecedented financial challenges'.

Kent councils sign District Deal

04/12/2015

Two councils in Kent have signed an agreement to work together on delivering key strategic projects.

Council explores new fostering service

06/11/2015

Peterborough City Council has proposed setting up new partnerships to improve services for young people in care.

Councils and LEPs sign Northern Gateway Partnership

22/10/2015

A landmark partnership to connect the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine has been agreed by seven local authorities and two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Aberdeen names £300m develoment partner

09/10/2015

Aberdeen City Council has awarded a £300m partnership deal to a consortium in order to deliver a step change in the supply of housing.

Launch of £2m fund to address 'challenges of urban living'

24/09/2015

A new Urban Living Partnership has been launched bringing together researchers, businesses and local authorities to help build successful modern cities.

Council backs plans for Newcastle-under-Lyme regeneration

24/09/2015

Newcastle Council has given its support to two major regeneration proposals which will help to transform the heart of the town.

County launches partnership to reduce suicides

08/09/2015

Kent County Council has launched a new campaign to reduce the suicide rate of young men, in partnership with Kent County Football League.

Inspection reveals rapid progress of Portsmouth YOT

02/09/2015

A failing youth offending service has been praised by inspectors for a swift turnaround in its performance.

Lincolnshire councils launch 'fraud-fighting force'

19/08/2015

Councils in Lincolnshire have joined forces to crack down on people falsely claiming discounts on their council tax.

Multi-million pound PPP schools investment launched

18/08/2015

A £187m public-private partnership has been launched to revamp eight schools in the Midlands.

London boroughs launch partnership to boost capital’s north east

27/07/2015

Six local authorities have joined forces to form a new partnership designed to give north-east London more clout in negotiations over funding and powers.

21 boroughs agree partnership on children’s social care staffing

10/07/2015

A total of 21 London boroughs have agreed to unite and address issues around recruiting and retaining children’s social work employees.

County considers back office transformation

03/07/2015

Dorset County Councils is considering a major transformation programme for its back office services as it tries to find a further £45m in savings by 2017/18.

Partnership unites councils and NHS in North West.

02/07/2015

Councils and the NHS in the North West are to joined forces in an effort to connect health, care and housing for the first time.

South East councils make devolution bid

12/06/2015

Three councils in the South East have presented the Government with a list of ‘devolution offers’ to help mitigate the pressures of economic growth.

London borough seeks partnerships to build homes outside capital

10/06/2015

A London borough is planning to partner with other councils and build homes outside the capital, admitting ‘there isn’t enough space’ in its own boundaries.

Self-exclusion scheme helps 23 gamblers in Medway

04/06/2015

A unique scheme to tackle problem gambling as seen 23 people exclude themselves from all gambling shops in Chatham.

Council drops joint venture plan

02/06/2015

Middlesbrough Council has dropped plans for a joint venture to deliver key services.

London council creates ‘tree office’

19/05/2015

A London borough has found an unusual way to tackle London’s work space shortage by starting work on a ‘Tree Office’.

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