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Partnership of the year

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East Ayrshire Council

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance delivers shared council roads and transportation services to communities across East and South Ayrshire. Launched in April 2014, the alliance is governed by a joint committee of elected members from the two councils, with the service being led by East Ayrshire Council. It delivers roads services including maintenance, design and infrastructure, traffic and transportation and road safety.


Kettering BC

The Kettering Futures Partnership comprises a number of public and voluntary organisations that aim to increase financial inclusion by working together to offer cohesive services around income, debt, skills and housing. The partnership has created a website for referrals, jointly engaged with the wider community, set up a food bank and organised events with partners so that residents can obtain help and advice in one venue.


Liverpool City Council

The Recovery, Education, Support and Treatment (Rest) Centre is a safe place for street drinkers. They are supported to reduce their alcohol intake, given meaningful activities and helped with accommodation, alcohol harm reduction, benefits maximisation, wound management, immunisation, GP registration and access to other services provided on site. Liverpool’s Community Safety Partnership has delivered this project despite significant challenges. Outcomes have been life-changing for street drinkers and have reduced anti-social behaviour and the number of drinkers on the streets of Liverpool’s city centre.


Milton Keynes Council

The Neighbourhood Employment Programme is a highly successful holistic, cohesive service, initiated in 2012. Targeting areas of Milton Keynes that have high levels of unemployment and deprivation, it provides an information, advice and guidance service delivering tailored employability support. It continues to develop its partnerships with other council services such as housing and revenues and benefits, and with other organisations such as mental health services, town councils, Milton Keynes College and JobCentre Plus.


North Yorkshire CC

North Yorkshire’s multi-agency screening team brings together partners from the council’s children’s social care and prevention services, the police and health colleagues from Harrogate and District Foundation Trust. The team screens every case received within 24 hours of contact being made, reviewing the dangers and strengths within a family. The agencies share information and make decisions to ensure families receive the right service at the right time through necessary and proportionate interventions.


Rochdale MBC

Rochdale’s intermediate tier service provides intensive support, at home and in community beds, to people who are at risk of an emergency hospital admission, need extra support on discharge from hospital or who need extra support to retain independence. It has reduced the number of emergency hospital admissions and helped keep people independent. The service is delivered by a partnership between the NHS, Rochdale MBC, the third sector and carers, and supports about 2,000 people per year.


Slough BC

In the four years since its foundation, the partnership between Slough BC and global services company Arvato has transformed services for the benefit of the council and citizens. Self-service technologies, improved processes and a state-of-the-art, multi-channel contact centre have boosted revenue collections to record levels, with council tax and business collection rates improving year-on-year and improvements to customer services. The partnership has created more than 200 local jobs, together with 34 trainees hired through a successful joint apprenticeship scheme.


Suffolk CC

Suffolk’s ‘Most Active County’ partnership is a collaboration of organisations making a positive impact on physical activity levels in the county. Guided by the Suffolk health and wellbeing board, it is a place-based intervention that brings added value to the good work that many organisations across the county are doing to engage people in physical activity. The partnership, which includes local authorities, public sector bodies, the voluntary sector and private companies, is changing the face of physical activity in Suffolk.


Thurrock Council

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer programme supports the council’s cultural entitlement vision, working with Thurrock schools to enrich young people’s lives and raise their attainment through opportunities to engage with a diverse programme of high-quality cultural activities. The quality of the partnership between the Royal Opera House, Thurrock Council and local schools is the key to providing learning opportunities.



Peter Bungard, chief executive, Gloucestershire CC

Steve Jorden, chief executive, South Hams DC and West Devon BC

Paul Medd, chief executive, Fenland DC

Robert Tinlin, chief executive, Southend-on-Sea BC

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