Laura Sharman 03 September 2015

London boroughs plan joint ICT service

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Two London boroughs have announced plans to launch a shared ICT service, under proposals meant to save £4m a year.

Islington and Camden Councils, who employ 300 ICT staff between them, aim to launch the service by April 2016 to help share best practice and provide a more responsive and integrated service.

Islington Council’s executive member for finance and performance, Cllr Andy Hull, said: ‘Islington and Camden are coming together to harness digital technology so that we can deliver services in a way that both suits local people and saves us precious money at a time when the government continues to cut inner-city councils to the bone.

‘It’s a good example of how, in the face of unprecedented challenges, we are innovating and coming up with genuinely transformative solutions.’

Camden Council’s cabinet member for finance and technology, Cllr Theo Blackwell, added the joint service could also provide income for the councils in the future.

The councils, who already share their public health and internal audit services, will vote on the plans later this month.

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