Targeting Hampshire's issues together
The Hampshire Senate is a voluntary partnership made up of the County Council leader, leaders of most of the Hampshire district councils, the Chairmen of Hampshire Police and Fire Authorities, and the Hampshire Primary Care Trust along with the Chairman of the Hampshire Association of Local Councils and representatives of the Hampshire Economic Partnership, Hampshire's Partnership Network, Voluntary and Community Sector, the Chairmen of Hampshire's Local Economic Partnerships and the Armed Forces.
The idea of the Senate as an overarching 'Hampshire partnership' extending the voluntary collaboration already taking place in many areas. The development of such a partnership is another logical step in that direction, which offers the opportunity to rationalise some of the existing partnership arrangements. Far from being another tier of government, as some have suggested, this new arrangement potentially has the ability to reduce the bureaucracy and the cost around many fragmented central government initiatives and enhance the collaboration between elected and non elected bodies which deliver public services in Hampshire.
- Bring people together to keep government as local as possible
- Add value to, and reduce the costs of, public service through working with all the public services and partners
- Act as a strong united voice for all of Hampshire
Secure extra government funding for our infrastructure needs
"The Senate is not another tier of local Government, it is a voluntary partnership that will not cost the council taxpayer a penny – in fact its aim is to save money"
Councillor Ken Thornber
Leader, Hampshire County Council
"By working together more we can only benefit the people of Hampshire. There is a strong role for the voluntary sector within the Senate and in helping to improve services in a cost effective way."
Community Action Hampshire