LSPs work though three main layers:
- Strategic: oversight, vision and direction-setting
- Executive: Resource allocation and performance management
- Operational: Service management and delivery
(Audit Commission 2009)
A changing picture...
Since the general election in May 2010, the context for local partnership working has changed.
Alongside substantial cuts in public spending, councils and their partners have been responding to:
- the Localism Bill
- radical plans for NHS reform and for transfer of public health responsibilities to local government
- the Police and Social Responsibility Bill, and proposals for directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners
- the Big Society agenda
- Treasury and Cabinet Office proposals for public service reform
At regional and sub-regional level, the partnership landscape has also changed with the abolition of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and regional spatial strategies and the establishment of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
In response to these changes, LSPs and other local partnership bodies have been rethinking their roles, functions, and governance arrangements
The current governance structure for the partnership can be seen by clicking here . (please note that this structure is currently going through a reorganisation, when the partnership moves to the new structure details will be available here).