Headlines: July 3rd, 2002

Councillors taking part in their annual local government conference this week are being offered lessons in what makes a successful partnership.The New Local Government Network, a lobbying group of people interested in modernising council ways of working, is offering a fringe event at the conference. This aims to get to the bottom of what makes a good partnership, asks what constitutes success, where does the partnering process require improvement and what is the future role of all interested parties, including central government?

Participants include Nick Raynsford, Minister for Local Government & the Regions, and Leisha Fullick, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Islington.

The NLGN has one other event at the Local Government Association conference in Bournemouth this week. ‘The Future Council’, on Thursday evening, looks at the changing role of councils. As they take on roles as partners of business and promoters of social cohesion, the session asks if councils are ready and in shape to respond to these challenges.