Headlines: January 26th, 1999

New research into the experience of joint working in and between central and local government has been published in two new reports.Local Government Minister Hilary Armstrong said the reports contained lessons about short-termism and the limitations of single-issue working.

Copies of the full reports of ‘Cross Cutting Issues in Public Policy and Public Service’ by the University of Birmingham and ‘Cross Cutting Issues Affecting Local Government’ by the University of the West of England and the Office for Public Management, are available from DETR Publications Sales Centre, Unit 21 Goldthorpe Industrial Estate, Goldthorpe, Rotherham S63 9BL.

Summaries of both reports are available from David Purdy, 5/C5 DETR, Eland House, Bressenden Place, Victoria, SW1E 5DU.

Local Government Minister Hilary Armstrong said they showed how joint working was effective in tackling issues which cut across individual departments, such as social exclusion, community safety, disaffected youth and sustainable development, cut across government departments.

She added: “The two reports contain lessons from the experience of joint working and advice about future co-operation in working towards agreed outcomes.

“The research encourages everybody to look beyond short term, single issue approaches using a number of separate agencies to a more coherent, unified approach setting these issues in the widest possible context.