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Hampshire agrees strategic partnership terms with Isle of Wight

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Hampshire County Council has approved the terms of a ground breaking strategic partnership with the Isle of Wight Council, designed to strengthen child protection and education services on the Island.

The Partnership Agreement, was approved on behalf of the County Council by Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children's Services (at his Decision Day on 12 June). Councillor Mans commented: "For Hampshire County Council to be asked to establish a partnership by the Isle of Wight Council, with the support of the Department for Education, is testament to our reputation for strongly performing children's services.

"This Agreement is a significant opportunity for both local authorities. For our part, we have the chance to offer assistance to our neighbour and develop an area of work as an extension of our capacity. Having reviewed all the work that has taken place to date and studied the Partnership Agreement in detail, I can see that both councils have taken a steady and considered approach in its development, to ensure all challenges, risks and solutions have been identified. I am confident that we can now move forward in supporting the Isle of Wight Council without compromising our responsibilities and services for children and young people in Hampshire and without any impact on the County Council's budgets."

The Partnership Agreement is due to be considered for approval by the Isle of Wight Full Council on 19 June 2013. Subject to this agreement, the strategic partnership will become effective from 1 July 2013.

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