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AUDITORS WARN OF COSTLY PARTNERS

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Partnership - rapidly becoming the most abused word in the public sector - is not always a good idea, the Audit Com...
Partnership - rapidly becoming the most abused word in the public sector - is not always a good idea, the Audit Commission has pointed out.

Partnership working is only justified when the achievements are greater than the costs, the commission says in management paper A fruitful partnership: effective partnership working.

The paper says costs, particularly in senior managers' time, are not routinely recorded when public sector organisations enter into partnerships. It outlines the difficulties such arrangements present, including:

getting partners to agree a plan of action; preventing the partnership becoming just a talking shop; keeping all the partners actively involved; deciding who will provide the resources necessary to achieve the partnership objectives.

The paper is available from Audit Commission, price£15, tel: 0800 502030.
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