What is a Local Strategic Partnership?

A Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) brings together organisations from the local statutory, voluntary, community, and private sectors. Together they address local problems such as funding, strategies, and initiatives. They promote joint working, community involvement and improving the quality of life in the area.

LSPs are vital to progress in delivering sustainable economic, social, and physical regeneration, and improving public services to meet the local community's needs. Joint working between these organisations and the community provides an opportunity for the public to have a say on what services should be provided, and enables the LSP to complete their target goals of improving the quality of life in the area.

The Merton Partnership

The Merton Partnership is the overarching strategic partnership that seeks to place the needs of the community, the regeneration of the borough and the effective delivery of public services right at the heart of what public agencies and their partners do.

The Partnership is responsible for the delivery of Merton's:

  • Community Plan
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy

Governance arrangements for the Merton Partnership have been agreed and are set out in the Partnership's Governance Handbook

The Partnership's performance management arrangements are explained in the Performance Management Framework.

Structure of the Merton Partnership

The Merton Partnership has an Executive Board structure:

  • The Merton Partnership is chaired by the Leader of the Council. The Merton Partnership set the strategic direction of the Merton Partnership and hosts an annual themed conference.
  • The Executive Board meets bi-monthly and is chaired by the Leader of the Council. The role of the Executive Board is to operationally manage the delivery of the priorities and targets of the Merton Partnership, as set out in the Community Plan and Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy.
  • There are four thematic partnerships that mirror the council's business plan strategic themes

At all tiers of the partnership there are a number of Community Engagement Network Representatives who represent Merton's diverse and wide ranging voluntary community sector.

Membership of the Merton Partnership

The following organisations are members of the Merton Partnership:

The Community Plan

The Community Plan ('sustainable community strategy') is the borough’s 'plan of plans', providing the strategic framework for the council’s Business Plan. It is based on the issues Merton residents tell us they would like to see improved.