Formed in 2009, Local Partnerships is a joint venture between the LGA and HM Treasury, whose purpose is to help the public sector deliver local services and infrastructure.
It offers support to local authorities in the following areas:
- business cases and business plans
- service transformation
- alternative service delivery models
- options appraisals
- contract negotiation and management
- economic development and planning
- delivering infrastructure.
For more information go to the Local Partnerships website.
Formed in 2010 in response to a government call to build a single, definitive address database, GeoPlace is a joint venture between the LGA and Ordnance Survey. With a strapline of “Home of Addressing and Streets”, GeoPlace works collaboratively with councils to produce street and address data of the highest quality. The data is made available free of charge to public sector organisations and to commercial companies through Ordnance Survey’s sales team.
For more information go to the Geo Place website.
Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA) was established and incorporated by the LGA in August 2014, following government’s decision to abolish the Audit Commission. Its purpose is to deliver a national scheme for the appointment of external auditors from 2018/19, when the current contracts end, and to deliver significant improvements to councils in both price and quality. Since the decision to close the Audit Commission, and the creation of PSAA, external audit fees have already fallen by 55 per cent and are set to fall by a further 18 per cent for those who opt into the national scheme.
For more information go to the PSAA website.