Breaking Down Barriers to Partnerships: The Future of Local Strategic Partnerships
2 June, 2003

Barbican Centre, London, EC2 – Thursday 12th June 2003
with Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Minister for Local Government, ODPM

Introduced to join up government at local level, Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) are vital to the future of local governance agenda and central to all regeneration initiatives. Councils, mainstream public service providers, the private, community and voluntary sectors have all been engaged in their delivery. Yet, experience to date suggests that barriers to partnership working still exist.

Hosted by the New Local Government Network (NLGN), and with a keynote address from local government minister Nick Raynsford MP, this one day conference will consider issues of performance management, community and voluntary representation and how best to resolve tensions between delivery and partnership engagement. In doing so, the conference will assess the extent to which LSPs have delivered on their objectives.

Conference plenary sessions include:

  • The role of the private sector partner

  • Local authorities and strategic development of LSPs
  • Crime reduction and positive partnership working
  • Delivery and partnership – competing tensions

These sessions will be followed by a series of parallel seminars on:

  • Supporting LSP development
  • Roles for elected members
  • Best practice and partnership working
  • LSPs in Neighbourhood Renewal Fund areas

Other speakers include:
Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO; Mark Mason, LSP Team, ODPM; Dr Mike Geddes, University of Warwick and Director of the National Evaluation of LSPs, ODPM; Rupa Sarkar, LSPs Officer, Urban Forum; Irene Payne, Acting Director of Public Services Research, Audit Commission; Gail Richards, Vice Chair, Oldham LSP and Chief Executive, Oldham PCT; Paul Stephenson QPM, Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary; Steve Bullock, Mayor, LB Lewisham and Iain Roxburgh, independent consultant and NLGN Trustee.

A full agenda for the conference can be found at

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Notes: The New Local Government Network is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.