These are seen as central to the neighbourhood renewal strategy along with Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chests (qv). The aim is to draw key local providers into a single partnership in which the community is actively engaged.
LSPs have to develop a local neighbourhood strategy; prepare and implement a community strategy; bring together local plans, partnerships and initiatives; and work with local authorities to develop a local public service agreement. The first strategy is concerned with more jobs, better education, improved health, reduced crime and better housing. The second strategy identifies the most important things that need to be done locally and to keep track of progress.
The partnerships are essentially co-ordinating and umbrella agencies that draw together the private, business, strategy and voluntary sectors.
Other UK equivalents: Local strategic partnerships (Wales)