Partnership working is increasingly becoming the way forward for the delivery of public services. Working in partnership is an effective way of meeting local people's service needs, minimising the financial burden on council taxpayers and, overall, providing strong community leadership. It is recognised that coordinated and collaborative action is more effective than separate action by individual agencies.
Working in partnership can produce many benefits:
However, it is not easy – partnership working is complex, it challenges many of the traditional organisational, professional and cultural boundaries, and could demand significant changes.
Chichester District Council is involved in may different partnerships that cover issues such crime, health and voluntary sector and the Local Strategic Partnership.