Archives for May 10th, 2004

STRATEGIC PARTNERING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 May, 2004

This report sets out the findings from the two-year research and development programme undertaken by the Strategic Partnering Taskforce in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The report provides evidence of good practice where innovative partnerships are helping to bring tangible benefits to local communities. Examples of successful strategic partnering include seven new service centres in Worcestershire, joining up county, district, police and health authorities; a strategic partnership in Durham to deliver building and civil engineering services and a strategic partnership in Barnsley that seeks to provide integrated health and social services.A new Procurement and Partnerships Team is taking forward further work promoting and supporting partnership working both with local authorities and across Whitehall.

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NEW DEAL TO PROMOTE E-COMMERCE IN LOCAL COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 May, 2004

A new partnership has been created to try to increase the use of e-commerce by local authorities. The Improvement and Development Agency and the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce have entered into an agreement that will see both agencies working together to encourage online purchasing through an arrangement, based on the IDeA’s Marketplace system.Councils will be given easy access to the OGC buying solutions Framework contracts through online catalogues. These will offer a wide range of high quality and value for money products and services. The arrangements will mean local authorities can buy more quickly and easily and more cost effectively. The hope is that this will pave the way for some of the savings envisaged in the Efficiency review led by Sir Peter Gershon.

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COALITION CALLS FOR FOURTH OPTION TO MEET DECENT HOMES STANDARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 May, 2004

A number of organisations representing local government have joined forces to call on the government to ensure authorities have enough money to pay for improvements needed to meet the Decent Homes Standard in areas where tenants vote for their local council to keep its housing stock following the stock options appraisal process.Under present proposals there are only three options available for raising additional cash for repairs and modernisation. The coalition of public bodies is backing a so-called ‘fourth option’ that would create a level playing field by expanding the choice for councils who need funding to improve their housing.

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