10 councils receive funding for data sharing projects


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


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


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

Lincolnshire districts join forces in new partnership


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

Councils urged to embrace three changes to strengthen partnerships with charities


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Six areas secure funding to develop local health partnerships


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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

Fostering innovation in UK local councils


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements


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’


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


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

The role of digital leadership


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


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


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


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


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

Taking the conflict out of partnerships


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

Public-private commissioning: a question of trust


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


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


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


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


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

The PPPs that do work


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


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

Keeping children out of care


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?


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?


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


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


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


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

Commissioning for the future


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


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


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


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

Free webinar on how to successfully merge councils


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


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

Council considers joint venture for environmental services


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Five councils sign 'ground breaking' outsourcing contracts


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


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


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

Council explores new fostering service


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

Councils and LEPs sign Northern Gateway Partnership


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


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'


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


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


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


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

Lincolnshire councils launch 'fraud-fighting force'


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

Council drops joint venture plan


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

London council creates ‘tree office’


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

Council agrees integrated care deal


Staffordshire County Council has approved plans to extend its partnership with a NHS Trust for three years to deliver integrated health and social care.

Councils predict 2015 will be a year of transformation


Council bosses believe that while 2015 will be a year of deeper cuts, it will also mark the start of a step-change in the way they deliver services, according to new research.

Cambridge debates sharing building control services


Cambridge City Council is considering sharing its building control service with two other local authorities.

New ‘groundbreaking’ tri-council partnership for Dorset


North Dorset District Council has agreed to establish a 'tri-council' partnership with two neighbouring authorities.

Norfolk given £1m to develop child care project


Over £1m of government funds has been awarded to a Norfolk County Council project designed to prevent 180 children coming into care every year.

Maude backs public sector asset management company


The UK’s first ever single asset management company for the public sector has been set up in the West Midlands.

Council to explore joint culture and sport trust


Scottish Borders Council is exploring the creation of a new trust to provide both sport and cultural services.

Talks begin to protect Birmingham’s library service


Birmingham City Council has welcomed a proposal for the Library of Birmingham to become a regional centre for the British Library.

Partnership plan could save three councils £46m


Plans for collaboration and a new organisation to deliver services could save three districts almost £46m over the next ten years.

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Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.
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