- Climate response
- Health and Social Care
- PPP, PFI and MIM
A commercial approach to achieve savings
Councils face tough challenges as they seek to reduce costs, continue (and even increase) service delivery and look for ways to unlock new income streams.
Increasing housing supply
Local Partnerships provides a practical and objective approach to increasing housing supply: we can help you unlock the potential in your area
Powering your energy potential
Local authorities have the potential to deliver on a range of energy projects: Energy consumption (e.g. by reducing spend on energy supplied to council-owned buildings), energy supply (e.g. by becoming a fully licensed or white label energy supplier to residents and businesses), and energy generation (e.g. using council owned assets to generate local power from natural sources and generate income)
CASE STUDY: Identifying and delivering efficiencies in Waste, The Lichfield & Tamworth Waste Partnership
Identifying and delivering efficiencies in waste for The Lichfield & Tamworth Waste Partnership (Shared services).
Planning to succeed
The work that our Infrastructure and Waste teams carry out boosts our clients’ capacity, capability and commercial skills. We act as a supportive influence, helping to plan strategically, solve complex commercial issues, manage programmes or projects effectively, increase delivery confidence and manage the whole approach to market.
Housing Delivery Toolkit
Local councils are an essential player and are encouraged to be "ambitious and innovative" in driving supply. This toolkit sets out how councils can use their powers, influence and resources to intervene in local markets to increase the scale and pace of housing supply in their areas.
Energy efficient street lighting – reducing energy costs and carbon footprint
Local Partnerships is supporting local authorities to deliver LED street lighting initiatives – successful schemes could deliver up to 80 per cent energy savings and significant cuts to utility bills.
CASE STUDY: Identifying and delivering efficiencies in Waste, Hertfordshire Waste Partnership
Identifying and delivering efficiencies in waste for the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership, "Consortia for Recycling Materials"
CASE STUDY: Identifying and delivering efficiencies in Waste, The Kent Waste Partnership
Identifying and delivering efficiencies in waste for the The Kent Waste Partnership, "‘East Kent Joint Waste Project"
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in the West Midlands
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in the West Midlands.
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in the London
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in London.
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in the East of England
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in the East of England.
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in Yorkshire and the Humber
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in Yorkshire and the Humber.
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in the North East
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in the North East.
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in the North West
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in the North West.
REPORT: Delivering waste efficiencies in the East Midlands
Regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships focusing on efficiencies achieved in waste management in the East Midlands.
Re:fit Guide to Financing
Guidance for framework users.
CASE STUDY: Contract review – energy management
Newcastle & North Tyneside Street Lighting
TOOLKIT: Delivery Capability Status
Are you working on transformation and complex change? Does your organisation know its capability to deliver major change? Use Local Partnerships’ Delivery Capability Status (DCS) Toolkit to evaluate your delivery capability quickly and simply.
Local Energy Options – A Guidance Document for Local Government
Across Britain, councils are taking action to boost renewable generation, improve energy security, lower energy bills and support community economies by seizing opportunities to get involved with energy supply. By doing so, they provide customers with an alternative to the big utility companies and are capitalising on emerging trends in energy production and transportation.
Delivering resilient and sustainable public services
Local authorities are undoubtedly prioritising and developing their commercial activity, pursuing new alliances, structures and delivery models. All these initiatives need to be underpinned by business cases and supported through planning and implementation – areas of core expertise for Local Partnerships.
Why consider developing a theory of change?
From the work that Local Partnerships has been undertaking with various social enterprises and public sector programmes, we have seen the widespread value in developing a Theory of Change.
CASE STUDY: Supporting transport and infrastructure projects
We have recently supported local authorities and delivery partners to progress a range of high value transport projects and keep them on track for delivery. Our support has included help to resolve contract issues, support with procurement processes, programme and project management and capacity building.
Internal Assurance Toolkit
The Internal assurance Toolkit (IAT) is a strategic approach to strengthen corporate governance, and robust decision making. It is a process designed to improve the rigour and discipline in procurement, commissioning, change management and contract management, particularly for projects/programmes of work that don’t warrant an external review.
Assurance: staying on track and saving you money
Making the case – MJ article
“Crowdfunding: a viable alternative for financing public sector infrastructure?”
At a time when public sector finances are under ever-increasing pressure, crowdfunding has the potential to offer a new model of finance via an investment-based business model that generates social, environmental and economic returns. A cross sector team lead by the University of Leeds, and in partnership with Abundance Investments and Local Partnerships, researched the viability of crowdfunding as an alternative source for funding public sector infrastructure. A report was published in April 2019, concluding that the public sector is yet to make the most of the opportunities offered by crowdfunding, and is yet to realise the financial and non-financial benefits it has been shown to generate.
Delivering Waste Efficiencies in the South East
The eighth regional review undertaken by Local Partnerships. The report focuses on efficiencies achieved in waste and resource management by local authorities in the South East of England. The report samples from 34 local authority case studies and focuses on key areas of innovation across the South East, highlighting savings of over £21.5m per annum.
WEBINAR: Making the Case
How do you express the merit of your proposals in a manner that will maximise their chances of success? Martin Forbes, Strategic Director, talked through the critical aspects that can help you put forward the case for your funding persuasively, specifically looking at how to: Set out the benefits in a robust and convincing manner; ensure that full costs and implications of your proposal are factored into the affordability assessment and build confidence around delivery and achievement of objectives.
WEBINAR: Brexit – the practicalities for your supply chain
We have developed a EU Exit Commercial Impact Assessment, to help assess contracts and procurement activity for the impact of Brexit and supports development of plans to mitigate areas of risk. Using a phased approach, the toolkit ensures you prioritise those contracts most impacted, taking into account key factors such as workforce, lead times, grants and currency considerations.
Creating a Re:fit business case
Guidance on the benefits and use of the Re:fit framework to support an options appraisal or business case document
CASE STUDY: Re:fit, City of Cardiff Council, Phase 1
City of Cardiff Council (CCC) is using Re:fit in order to optimise the energy efficiency of certain properties, improve their building performance, reduce CO2 emissions and save money. Re:fit was seen as an ideal approach to contribute to the Council’s desire to be an exemplar in energy saving and carbon management and meet CCC’s stringent carbon-management objectives.
CASE STUDY: Re:fit, Historic buildings City of Cardiff Council
City of Cardiff Council is using Re:fit in order to optimise the energy efficiency of certain properties, improve their building performance, reduce CO2 emissions and save money. Re:fit was seen as an ideal approach to tackle historic buildings and demonstrate the ability to make cost-effective improvements, paid for through energy savings, even on a 900-year-old castle.
CASE STUDY: Re:fit, Cambridgeshire County Council, Park and Ride
Cambridgeshire County Council has already successfully used Re:fit to optimise the energy efficiency of numerous properties and to contract for large-scale renewable energy generation. These projects will reduce CO2 emissions by more than one million tonnes and produce significant cash benefits. Cambridgeshire County Council is now using Re:fit to develop a highly innovative solar PV project for a park and ride scheme, which includes the use of battery storage and off-grid energy sales to a local customer.
CASE STUDY: Re:fit, Huntingdonshire District Council, One Leisure Centres
Huntingdonshire District Council has used the National Re:fit Programme as a partner of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Re:fit project. The aim is to build capacity and skills in the region’s local authorities to bring forward investment into energy efficiency and renewable energy generation projects.
CASE STUDY: Re:fit, Sir Harry Smith Community College
Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC), under an EU-funded scheme, has used the National Re:fit Programme to make guaranteed energy-efficiency savings and improve the condition of its schools across the county.
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