LSPs work by:
- engaging the local community and others in deciding priorities
- preparing and publishing a Community Strategy as a result of consultation with the community and partners
- co-ordinating services and plans around agreed objectives
- developing new ways of partnership working to deliver services
Whilst local partners are able to decide the full range of work to be undertaken, tasks will typically include:
- bringing together local plans, partnerships and initiatives to provide a forum for public service providers (for example health and police) to work effectively together to meet local needs and priorities
- working with local authorities to help devise and meet Local Public Service Agreement (LPSA) targets and potentially a key role in brokering and delivering targets/outcomes in the Local Area Agreement (LAA) process
- where applicable, developing and delivering a local neighbourhood renewal strategy to secure more jobs, better education, improved health, reduced crime and better housing
Membership of the LSP should reflect local circumstances with a suitable balance of representatives from each sector including those traditionally under-represented.
The role of the Government Office is to:
- act as facilitators to support the development of LSPs
- promote networking among partners and other LSPs
- act as mediators to resolve problems
- provide a direct channel of communication between LSPs and central government
Further information on LSPs and how to set them up is available on the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit website.