Partnership cash boost
SWINDON Council has been awarded £190,000 by the Government to help develop ways that local organisations and council bodies can work together.
The Government announced earlier this year that £7 million was available to local authorities around the country who were able to demonstrate an ability to improve the way key services are delivered.
Swindon bid for a portion of the money and was given the cash boost after demonstrating the effectiveness of the One Swindon Partnership.
The scheme was set up in 2003 and is made up of representatives from the voluntary, community, business and public sectors.
It includes representatives from JobCentrePlus, Great Western Hospital, Influence and Voluntary Action Swindon.
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis heard the bid from Swindon last month before deciding on whether to award them the money.
The bid consisted of a number of new ideas involving all the appropriate bodies and how they can help each other.
He said: “We always knew we had a strong bid because Swindon has a history of successful partnership work.
“I think the minister realised how strong our bid is. We will now work to develop the best proposals to work alongside members of the civil service.
“At the next board meeting we will discuss about a dozen proposals we have for improved link work and then decide on the strongest and separate those from the ones which we feel need more work.”
The money was made available as part of a government scheme to improve integration and the delivery of services. Swindon will now operate as a pilot scheme and if successful it will be rolled out across the country.
Until the exact schemes to be used are decided on, it is not possible to say precisely what the money will be used for but Coun Renard says it will be used to help secure people into long term posts and strengthen the partnerships.
He said: “The benefits of having strong partnerships is twofold. Firstly, we are able to deliver services to people who need them much quicker.
“Secondly, it is a far more efficient method so the taxpayer also saves money.”
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