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Lead Authority Partnership Agreement - Drafting the Lead Authority Agreement

LAU recommends senior managers from the local authority and their partner organisation sign an agreement of intent, clearly outlining the objectives of the partnership and setting out the roles and responsibilities of the participants.

Signing an agreement demonstrates commitment and provides the security needed to protect the professionalism and integrity of the individuals involved. A copy of this agreement should be forwarded to the LAU in the event that advice or arbitration is required.

Issues to be considered in an agreement

Aims and objectives of the partnership

Both partners will need to be very clear about the aims and objectives of the partnership.

The agreement should include:

Resources associated with familiarisation

Both the local authority and the partner organisation will need to commit sufficient resources and make suitable arrangements to enable them both to become familiar with one another and in particular for local authority staff to understand the nature and extent of the business.

The local authority will need access to and knowledge of the Partner organisations:

The agreement should deal thoroughly with the:

Both partners must accept that the success of the partnership will be largely depend upon the openness, trust and honesty of both organisations and their representatives.

Costs and expenses

Partners should consider the costs and expenses incurred in establishing and maintaining an effective partnership, for example:

Partnership arrangements

The agreement should also consider the day-to-day management of the partnership from both perspectives. It should consider the following issues:

Issues that fall outside the scope of the partnership

It is important that the agreement clearly sets down matters that fall outside the scope of the lead authority principle. The partners must understand and agree that the lead local authority will not be expected to: