Latest Public Sector News

27.01.17

Districts committed to innovative and collaborative ways of working, says APPG chair

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for District Councils held the first meeting of its inquiry into collaboration and devolution this week.

The meeting saw the cross-party panel of MPs and peers taking evidence from councils involved in particularly innovative partnerships with other councils.

Mark Pawsey MP, chair of the APPG, said following the meeting: “Districts are committed to innovative and collaborative ways of working that improve outcomes for their communities.

“This inquiry by the APPG for District Councils is about identifying the best examples of this collaboration and establishing why they are succeeding and the lessons other districts can learn from them.

Councils represented at the first meeting included Hart (representing the Five Councils Partnership), Kettering, Oxford City, Selby and South Cambridgeshire as they sought to explain how collaboration across political, financial and geographical divides had helped them deliver effective services.

Topics covered in the meeting included housing, public service reform, effective working with county councils and the clustering of district councils as a way of organising collaboration.

“The inquiry got off to a great start with a wide-ranging evidence session about what makes a successful partnership between councils; and the importance of place in delivering local services,” Pawsey added.

“The APPG’s Select Committee style inquiry will highlight the innovative work district councils are engaged in across the country and a report setting out the conclusions will be available in May.”

The APPG has received submissions from over 70 councils and will hold three further inquiry sessions before presenting its findings at a parliamentary reception this summer.

The APPG is being supported by the District Councils’ Network and DeMontfort University’s Local Governance Research Unit. The DCN will be writing in the Feb/March edition of PSE about the power of collaboration in local government.

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become a PSE columnist? If so, click here 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >

interviews

Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >

the raven's daily blog

Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

01/11/2019Social value shouldn’t be some scary, omnipotent phrase. It’s time to make a difference.

Following a survey of public sector organisations and their incorporation of social value into the procurement process, in partnership with Wates and the Social Value Portal, ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >