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Future of Public Sector Partnerships

Response received from Phil Woolas MP

Letter sent on 10 January 2006 from the Chairman to David Miliband MP

This Association represents all 15 local authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight together with the Fire and Rescue Authority, Police Authority and Town and Parish Council Associations.  

At its meeting on 25 November 2005, Members agreed to write in support of representations made to you by the Surrey Local Government Association on the future of public sector partnerships.  

We are observing with profound misgivings the continuing reviews which are rearranging boundaries and administrative structures in the public sector across the country. These are happening in a completely uncoordinated way with the gravest of implications for the delivery of ‘joined-up’ services in our communities.  

Surrey LGA prepared a short paper which set out its concerns in more detail. It is attached with this letter (annex PDF document). A possible solution is set out in a set of principles which, if applied to every review undertaken, would go some considerable way to solving the problems which we foresee.    

We are disappointed that these concerns are not addressed in your latest consultation about “Local Strategic Partnerships – Shaping their Future” (ODPM December 2005).  

We should very much appreciate your support in persuading other Government departments of the importance of developing local partnerships when considering local re-organisations.






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Last update:  04/08/2008
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