Tameside MBC, Birmingham City Council and Tower Hamlets LBC explain how they improved the delivery of their public service agreements through effective partnership working. Their joint paper looks at what makes an effective partnership, partnership requirements of public service agreements and how councils can best work with their partners to deliver on targets.
Gordon Murray, the Improvement & Development Agency's procurement programme manager, has produced a briefing paper on balancing efficiency savings and community benefits.
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Blackpool BC hosted an event on government policy on housing and its effect on landlords. Other subjects addressed by the council include working with private sector landlords and the issues surrounding the local housing allowance.
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Wealden DC and South Tyneside MBC provide two different approaches to the performance management of local strategic partnerships.
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Blackpool BC has restructured its benefits administration to improve performance. The first of nine pathfinders for local housing allowance, the council introduced a fast-track service for claims. It has a guaranteed five-day turnaround.
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Bury MBC has used£220,000 from the Liveability Fund to introduce community self management of outdoor sports facilities. The Liveability Fund has made£120,000 available to 21 allotments across the borough and£100,000 has been allocated to sports clubs, such as football and croquet, mainly as grants of around£5,000.
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