Magazine article Public Finance

Look at Your Partnerships, Report Urges

Magazine article Public Finance

Look at Your Partnerships, Report Urges

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Partnerships between public sector organisations risk wasting money unless there is a clear sense of what they are hoping to achieve and who is in charge, the Audit Commission warned this week.

Governing partnerships: bridging the accountability gap, a report published on October 26, urged public bodies to take a hard look at the groupings they are involved in to ensure lines of accountability are clear.

'The government is rightly encouraging various forms of partnership to address cross-cutting issues such as antisocial behaviour and regeneration,' Audit Commission chair James Strachan said.

'But there's almost been a headlong rush without sufficient thought to the pros and cons.'

The Audit Commission found that, although 90% of local authorities were in partnerships of some kind, just over 40% have partnership agreements. …

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