The Decisions Facing Rachel Reeves on Friday 8th May 2015 (Part 11)

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Number 11: Effective Partnership Working

Just do it! Moreover, by partnership, I do not mean, in DWP speak, a contractual arrangement with a provider or supplier. I am talking about real working in partnership across all sectors, particularly the Voluntary and Community Sector, that builds up mutual respect and support.

I could write a small book, well pamphlet, on partnership, how to do it (and not), the benefits (and the costs) and the goodwill that flows from just getting out into the local community (and, by extension, labour market).

If you do partnership work right (and I think I was getting there by the end) then the sum of the parts becomes greater than the whole. Partners may still agree to disagree, on occasion, but that is often an improvement on their not agreeing to be in the same room together.

Again, for DWP to go back to where it…

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