Partnership working has now been an integral part of delivering outcomes for citizens locally for some time. It has enabled councils to bring together the public, private and voluntary sectors to find new and innovative means to save money, improve services and deliver outcomes for citizens locally. As councils move towards a period of change and uncertainty, partnership working is increasing in its importance for service delivery and improvement.
Councillors are fundamental to the process of partnership building, policy development and implementation. The councillor who wins this category will demonstrate:
- significant personal commitment and drive to make working in partnership an integral part of how the council delivers outcomes locally
- improvements in service delivery, efficiency savings and delivery of outcomes as a result of the partnership working that this councillor has been involved with.