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Collaboration key across all local government

New research has highlighted the truly collaborative nature of local government, with many of England’s smallest parish councils coming together to share services and save money.

At times it is easy for us to focus our attention on the trials, tribulations and collaborative successes of upper-tier councils.

But new research by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Smaller Councils’ Committee has identified 12 case studies of smaller councils coming together to provide services ranging from better broadband to youth services, from community speed watch to economic development.

The examples include the Bridport Local Area Partnership between Bridport Town Council and 10 neighbouring parishes, which has looked at affordable housing, set up a development trust to bring facilities back into community use and set up a community orchard.

Cllr Ken Browse, chair of NALC, said: “These case studies collected across the country show that even the smallest parish and town councils can work together to provide local services and improve residents' quality of life.

“I think we will see much more of this in the coming years as principal authorities devolve more services or cease to provide non-statutory services.”

To find out more about the research and request a copy of the report, click here.

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