Shared services saving councils £263m
At least 337 councils are engaged with 305 shared service arrangements, achieving £263m in efficiency savings, according to a new white paper.
Six Approaches to Successful Shared Service, commissioned by Advanced Business Solutions, shows that there is a growing number of public sector organisations exploring the potential of shared services to save money without damaging frontline services.
Dean Dickinson, managing director of Advanced Business Solutions, said: ‘Shared services through merged back-office functions offers organisations huge potential for cost savings, removing the need for each party to make their own individual investments in administrative staff, IT systems and associated floor space. Each year those savings grow exponentially.’
Sorry David that is a load of tosh. How much of these savings have been independently audited if indeed there are savings? Invariably the cost of change is under - estimated as most councils are without experience of such projects and processes. Much can be achieved by cooperating and mutually agreed specialisation. What LG needs is the broadcasting of good practice whereas SS's involves combining existing practices and problem solving anomalies.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Tuesday, 7 May 2013 10:56 AM
Now that local councils are really taking shared services seriously, they are achieving remarkable successes. The savings quoted here are only the start, in my opinion - as new initiatives bed in the savings from shared services will only grow. And that's not to forget the significant improvements in service levels and quality that councils are experiencing. Done right, shared services delivers a raft of benefits to councils and tax payers.David Turner, Group Marketing Director, UNIT4 Business Software, Added: Friday, 3 May 2013 09:45 AM
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