Headlines: June 18th, 2002

Partnerships between the voluntary and public sectors are to be offered valuable on-line advice from new web-based services to develop out of a pilot website.The service is funded from the Invest to Save Budget, the joint venture between Treasury and Cabinet Office used to encourage public service organisations to work together to improve delivery.

The website, in supporting partnerships between voluntary and public sectors, will have a remit to help ensure that partnerships between the voluntary and public sectors are equal and fair.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is one of the partners leading the project. It says that it is essential, if the voluntary sector is to bring added value to public services, that all voluntary organisations have an adequate voice in the partnerships they join.

Others involved in the project are the Government’s Centre for Management and Policy Studies in the Cabinet Office, the Central Government National Training Organisation, the Home Office Active Community Unit, the Improvement and Development Agency (IdeA), the Treasury’s Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and Public Service Productivity Panel, the Open College Network and the Voluntary Sector National Training Organisation.

The project website address is www.ourpartnership.org.uk

The HM Treasury Productivity Panel report ‘Working Together – effective partnerships on the ground’ can be downloaded at http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/Documents/Public_Spending_and_Services/Public_Services_Productivity_Panel/pss_psp_effect.cfm. It explains the factors key to successful partnership working and the influence that the Centre and its various partners can have on the successful working of partnership