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22.06.12

MSPs call for public sector cultural change

There needs to be a “cultural change” in some parts of the public sector for different bodies to work together and deliver effective services, MSPs suggest in a new report.

The Local Government and Regeneration Committee has published a report on community planning partnerships (CPPs), which consist of local councils, health boards, police and fire boards, colleges, businesses and voluntary organisations.

Committee convener Joe Fitzpatrick said: “There needs to be a cultural change within parts of the public sector and a recognition of the benefits true partnership working can bring.”

The report reads: “Bodies, and individuals within those bodies, who are unwilling to break out of a silo mentality and work with other bodies to deliver shared outcomes through the sharing of resources and information, evidently present a considerable, if not insurmountable, challenge to effective partnership work.”

The report recommends CPPs ensure they have a clear and shared vision, strong leadership and equal responsibility from all bodies. Another suggestion was to consider having independent chairs on the partnerships.

To view the report, visit: www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_LocalGovernmentandRegenerationCommittee/Reports/lgr-12-08w.pdf

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