Jamie Hailstone 29 April 2013

Croydon set to share services with other London boroughs

Croydon LBC is set to share trading standards, environmental health and licensing services with fellow local authorities, Merton and Richmond LBCs.

The London borough’s cabinet will debate a report tonight into sharing the services and merging management and back office roles.

The proposal is initially between Croydon, Merton and Richmond LBCs, but there could be opportunity for other boroughs to join in the future.

If the proposals go ahead, the shared regulatory service is expected to be in place by 1 April 2014.

Cllr Simon Hoar, cabinet member for community safety and public protection, said: ‘While these proposals will save money, the quality of services will not suffer. Sharing services avoids the alternative of single borough reductions, which could put frontline services at risk.

‘We look forward to working with Merton and Richmond councils to deliver these benefits to our borough.’

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