Commercial expertise for local public bodies
Local Partnerships provides leading edge commercial expertise solely for the benefit of the public sector. Its mission is to enhance the quality of people’s lives by giving trusted, professional support to local public bodies to improve their ability to source and deliver high quality, cost-effective public services and infrastructure.
We are a 50-50 joint venture between the Local Government Association and HM Treasury providing a single source of commercial expertise and know-how for all local public bodies, including local authorities, health and social care agencies, police and fire authorities.
We were established to deliver long term value for the public sector by using our commercial skills to strengthen client side capability. We occupy a unique position as policy delivery partners for central and local government and act exclusively for and on behalf of the public sector freely sharing the intellectual property we develop through the publication of cutting edge guidance helping the sector deliver value and saving costs.
Mutual and Social Enterprise Series 2011
Local Partnerships is pleased to announce its participation in a series of conferences and training seminars focusing on employee mutuals, social enterprise, co-operatives and local government spin-outs. Local Partnerships is working with a number of key stakeholders, including Neil Stewart Associates, the Employee Ownership Association, and Co-operatives UK, amongst others to deliver the Mutual and Social Enterprise Series 2011, a range of targeted events, that will give enterprises strategies to encourage them to succeed.
Danielle Procter, Corporate Director - Transformation, Efficiency and Capability Development, Local Partnerships spoke at the NSA Employee Mutuals event on 25 May 2011 in London. This event was chaired by Julie McEver, Project Director, Local Partnerships.
Employee led mutuals are quickly emerging as one of the most likely and largest scale changes to take place in public service provision. This emphasis is on developing enterprises which provide local services which are flexible and provide high quality services at a competitive price to local people. Mutual models range from social enterprises through to Joint ventures with the private and community sector. Which ever model is adopted, the journey involves putting in place a number of critical elements including managerial leadership and a clear market for services or a committed contract to get started. Danielle’s slides can be found here.
Danielle will also speak at Public Service Mutuals - A Practical Guide to New Models of Ownership
Monday, 20 June 2011 - Central London. For further details please click here.
Department of Health approves 4 Social Care PFI projects
The Department of Health today confirmed continued financial support to four local authority social care PFI projects in England. The projects to receive PFI credits are based in Leeds, Hull, Sandwell and Hammersmith. They will all provide community social care and health facilities for vulnerable people. The successful projects include a centre offering general, respite and dementia care for older people and those with learning or mental disabilities, along with a leisure centre giving priority to disabled adults. These four building projects were among 17 that the Department of Health reviewed in late 2010. Click here for further information.
“Free” Gateway Reviewer Workshops
Local Partnerships has had feedback from partner Public Sector Bodies that training budgets are under increasing pressure during these difficult economic times, but that you would still like your staff to attend the Gateway Reviewer Training Course. As a consequence, Local Partnerships is in a position to offer places on the Gateway Reviewer Workshops at no cost to public sector partners.
Similarly, if your Organisation would like to host a training day it will be free of charge for up to 16 delegates – we provide the experienced trainers and materials, you provide the facilities.
Please click here for further information and conditions.
If you would like to book or find out more about the benefits and content of the workshop please email Gateways or telephone 020 7296 6670