The Government’s local public private project delivery arm 4ps will merge with the Local Government Association and Partnerships UK to form Local Partnerships from 18 August.
The new organisation will provide professional support to local public bodies to improve their ability to source and deliver high-quality, cost-effective public services and infrastructure.
According to Construction News’ sister title Infrastructure Journal, sources close to the organisation said Local Partnerships will “work at the market interface… shoulder-to-shoulder with public bodies to develop and deliver innovative solutions to new and emerging problems”.
Local Partnerships will be owned equally by the Local Government Association and Partnerships UK, and will continue to deliver all the services currently offered by 4ps.
In addition - building on the work of PUK - Local Partnerships will be able to offer a further range of services extending across traditional boundaries between local government and other local public bodies, including Primary Care Trusts.