Partnerships

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’.

Council agrees integrated care deal

16/04/2015

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

24/03/2015

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

08/03/2015

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

New ‘groundbreaking’ tri-council partnership for Dorset

20/02/2015

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

Norfolk given £1m to develop child care project

17/02/2015

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

17/02/2015

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

16/02/2015

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

07/01/2015

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

19/12/2014

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

Tri-county council alliance signed

16/12/2014

A tri-county council alliance has been agreed by Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire councils.

A new voice for local government companies?

15/12/2014

An increasing number of local authorities have set up their own companies to deliver services and protect jobs. Laura Sharman chats with Peter Hawes, managing director at Norse Commercial Services, about why he thinks the time is right for the creation of a National Association of Local Government Companies.

Council signs new joint-working deal with faith groups

12/12/2014

A council has become the first to sign a new 'Faith Covenant' with local religious groups, forming a contract for future collaboration.

South London boroughs to collaborate on economic growth

09/12/2014

Five south London boroughs are to form a joint committee to help drive economic growth and lobby the government for the devolution of extra powers and responsibilities.

Pension funds to pool £10bn assets

02/12/2014

Two Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are to pool their combined assets of over £10bn.

New Essex partnership to tackle council tax fraud

26/11/2014

A new council collection sharing agreement is been arranged in Essex to help reduce fraud across the county.

Council first to launch own legal practice

21/11/2014

Buckinghamshire County Council and the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority have launched a new company to provide cost-effective legal services for public and not-for-profit organisations.

Wigan town centre to be transformed by £60m scheme

12/11/2014

A £60m plan to transform Wigan town centre has been given the go-ahead.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council agrees £6m joint venture

12/11/2014

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has formed a new joint venture company to manage and maintain its housing stock.

Sunderland agrees £800m joint venture

11/11/2014

Sunderland City Council has agreed a new joint venture with Carillion, worth up to £800m over 20 years.

District Council launches economic growth fund

23/10/2014

North Dorset District Council has launched a new Economic Growth Fund to help create commercial opportunities in the district.

Councils more innovative than at any time since WWII, finds report

17/10/2014

There is now more innovation in local government than any time since the post-war rebuilding of public services, a new report has claimed.

Report predicts six scenarios for local government in 2020

15/10/2014

Councils that fail to innovate and adapt to the tough funding climate will face a ‘slow and painful demise’ over the next five years, a new report has warned.

Borough joins services with council owned company

01/10/2014

A West Country borough has decide to join local authority owned company Ubico Ltd, in a move set to save it almost £100,000 a year.

Newport City Council agrees £73m joint venture

18/09/2014

Newport City Council and Norse have agreed a joint venture worth £73m over a ten-year period.

Council's hotel deal is first in UK

18/07/2014

Hackney LBC hopes to generate £100,000 in the first year for a new community fund after striking an innovative deal with hotels in the borough.

Tour de France Grand Depart: a rallying point for local communities

01/07/2014

Why the race offers an opportunity for authorities to engage with local groups.

Finding the lost generation

01/07/2014

This generation of NEETs is by no means los but the time is now to dust off our compasses and guide them to a promising career and secure future.

Municipal moguls

30/06/2014

From golf course management to recyclable auctions, entrepreneurial innovations are helping councils across the country to boost town hall coffers.

Croydon to launch new school services company

25/06/2014

Croydon Council is set to launch a new company to deliver school support services across the borough.

Manchester council and City owner sign £1bn housing partnership

24/06/2014

Manchester City Council and the owners of City Football Club have agreed a £1bn partnership to deliver more than 6,000 new homes.

The rise of alternative service delivery models

06/06/2014

How local government is driving innovationin new models of service delivery.

Four councils set out plans for ‘most radical joint working’ in local government

28/05/2014

Four councils are proposing to launch a jointly-owned local authority company to transform the way they run services and save more than £55m over the next ten years.

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