Shared services

Councils save over £1bn by sharing services, council chiefs say

26/06/2019

More than a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services, the Local Government Association has calculated.

Oxfordshire councils to extend joint working arrangements

16/04/2019

Two councils are considering extending their working partnership in a move they hope will trigger a ‘broader conversation’ on local government organisation.

Councils to save £90,000 by sharing top staff

10/01/2019

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils have announced plans to share more of their top personnel in order to make efficiency savings.

Councils save over £800m by sharing services

28/06/2018

Councils have saved £840m through shared service arrangements, new research has revealed today.

Plymouth agrees to manage Torbay’s failing children’s services

31/01/2018

Plymouth City Council has agreed to take on full managerial responsibility for the ‘inadequate’ children’s services in Torbay.

Newcastle to transfer 200 council workers to Northumberland under merger plans

16/01/2018

Newcastle City Council has approved plans to transfer staff to Northumberland County Council as part of plans to share transactional services.

Devon councils consider sharing some planning functions

09/01/2018

Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council are considering joining forces to deliver planning services.

Adoption of shared services ‘unstoppable’, ICT body says

27/11/2017

The trend for councils to join forces and share backroom services appears to be 'unstoppable' and will continue for the next decade, according to ICT managers.

Council puts management restructure on hold

29/09/2017

South Ribble Borough Council was unable to agree management restructure plans expected to save £400,000 after the council leader insisted that they must ‘get it right’.

Council to vote on shared services reform to save £400,000

26/09/2017

A proposed management re-structure at South Ribble Borough Council and an increase in the use of shared services could save the authority £400,000.

The next steps for shared services

07/09/2017

Shared services growth is promising but councils must truly integrate to deliver major savings, argues Jason Laroche.

Wheelie bins replaced by underground waste system

08/08/2017

The largest underground bin system in the UK has opened in Cambridge, enabling residents to put their waste down chutes outside their homes.

Councils save over £600m by sharing services

29/06/2017

More than half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services, new research reveals.

Kent councils pledge commitement to District Deal

16/06/2017

Two councils in Kent have pledged their commitment to formally working together, one year after they first signed the District Deal.

Two districts look to merge planning teams

08/06/2017

Plans for a shared planning service between Cherwell and South Northamptonshire District Councils have taken one step closer.

Leaders publish plans to create single West Suffolk council

09/05/2017

Council leaders have put forward ‘ambitious’ proposals to create a single council for West Suffolk in a move they hope will ‘drive prosperity’ in the region.

Hammersmith & Fulham blamed for collapse of tri-borough arrangement

28/03/2017

Two members of the tri-borough have blamed Hammersmith & Fulham LBC after they ‘reluctantly decided’ to serve notice on ending the arrangement.

Critical lessons from merging councils

10/03/2017

Laura Sharman reports on a recent webinar exploring how two councils in Australia managed large scale change effectively when they became a ‘super council’.

Essex councils agree to explore new shared services

02/03/2017

Two Essex councils have agreed to explore further joint working and shared services.

Call for closer working between Shropshire and Telford councils

27/02/2017

Plans by the opposition Conservative group in Telford & Wrekin to work more closely with Shropshire Council have been put forward.

Free webinar on how to successfully merge councils

24/02/2017

This is your last chance to sign up to a free webinar exploring how councils can implement successful mergers and partnerships.

Dorset implements cloud-based platform for environmental health services

20/02/2017

Dorset councils have carried out a shared procurement exercise for an environmental health system that they argue will improve customer service.

The key to successful shared services

09/02/2017

Ivan Seselj explores what UK councils can learn from their Australian counterparts when it comes to implementing successful shared services and mergers.

Three London councils set to share IT services

09/02/2017

The London Borough of Southwark is set to share IT services with two other London boroughs.

Designing collaborative services at a time of great uncertainty

19/01/2017

Gary Pettengell explores how councils can break through traditional departmental barriers and erode the silo mentality of the past.

Two London councils renew shared legal service

13/12/2016

Barnet and Harrow Councils have renewed their shared legal service contract for another five years.

Two London councils to share a workforce

04/10/2016

Wandsworth and Richmond councils have launched new arrangements to share their workforce in a move they expect will save them £10m a year each.

Three West Sussex councils unveil shared services plan

01/07/2016

Three district councils in West Sussex are exploring plans to share services in a bid to save £2m a year.

Shared finance system to save councils millions

09/06/2016

Two London authorities have agreed to share a finance system in a move projected to save £6.8m.

Shared services are now ‘standard practice’ for councils says LGA

02/06/2016

Shared services are ‘no longer just the realm of the most innovative councils’, according the the Local Government Association (LGA).

Councils propose joint management to make savings

01/06/2016

Two councils on the south coast have announced plans to share senior management in a bid to make substantial savings.

Council provides insurance service for neighbouring boroughs

13/04/2016

Sutton Council is providing insurance services to three of its neighbouring boroughs in a move that will save money.

Strength in numbers

18/03/2016

Bt explains how their UNICORN solution is laying the foundations for much closer public service integration

Analysis reveals potential of 'second generation' of shared services

19/02/2016

Councils have been urged to consider shared service arrangements with other public bodies, after analysis revealed this ‘second generation’ of shared services could achieve the biggest savings.

Five councils sign 'ground breaking' outsourcing contracts

10/02/2016

Five councils from different parts of the country have agreed a ‘revolutionary’ procurement deal in a bid to save more than £50m over nine years.

Councils unveil brand for new shared service

20/01/2016

Two local authorities in Lincolnshire have revealed the name of a new, shared back office service.

Two councils agree to share waste services

16/11/2015

Two councils in Cambridgeshire are to share a waste management service in a bid to save up to £700,000.

David Cameron involved in row with local council over cuts

12/11/2015

Prime minister David Cameron has come under fire after complaining about cuts to frontline services by his Conservative-run local council.

Councils failing to adopt G-Cloud reveals survey

23/10/2015

Only 3% of councils are using G-Cloud – the government’s framework for procuring cloud-based services – according to the results of a new survey.

County begins consultation on future of support services

15/10/2015

Dorset County Council has started its consultation on how support services such as HR, IT and legal should be delivered in the future.

Councils plan joint management team

13/10/2015

A plan to create a single senior management team to run Malvern Hills and Wychavon District Councils could save both authorities £280,000.

Cheshire councils take ICT services back in-house

08/10/2015

Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester councils have decided to take ICT, finance and HR services back in-house.

London boroughs plan joint ICT service

03/09/2015

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

Service integration alone not enough to protect budgets, councils told

02/07/2015

Council chiefs are 'deluded' if they think integration alone will meet the scale of the financial challenges facing adult social care, the Local Government Association conference has been told.

County faces ‘new scale of challenge’ in finding £90m savings

29/06/2015

Up to £90m in savings could be required at East Sussex County Council over the next three years, a report to cabinet has indicated.

New measures will force councils to merge adoption functions

26/05/2015

Councils could be forced to merge their adoption services if they fail to work together of their own accord.

Worcestershire councils sign shared customer services deal

20/05/2015

Three Worcestershire councils have signed a deal with Civica to manage their customer contact centres, telephone and email services.

Two South West councils sign joint working deal

18/05/2015

Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council have signed a new agreement to develop more joint working and shared services between the two authorities.

Shared services save councils nearly £500m since 2012

11/05/2015

Councils have saved more than £100m through sharing services in the past year, according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Poll indicates widespread concern among council leaders over future services

27/03/2015

Only one in 10 council chiefs are confident their local authority can protect frontline services in the face of ongoing austerity, a poll reveals.

Gloucester to join local authority legal service

27/03/2015

Gloucester City Council has announced it will be joining Tewkesbury and Cheltenham?s joint legal service.

Two Essex councils agree to share revenue and benefits services

25/03/2015

Two councils in Essex have signed a five-year deal to share revenue and benefits services.

Further streamlining ahead for local government workforce

19/03/2015

David Fagan and Jawaid Rehman suggest the future local government workforce will be an increasingly streamlined one.

Two counties agree to share legal team

12/03/2015

Two county councils in the south east have agreed to merge their legal teams to create a single legal service.

Councils to extend joint working in all service areas

02/03/2015

Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils are to conduct a two-year review into extending joint working into all service areas.

Maude backs public sector asset management company

17/02/2015

The UK’s first ever single asset management company for the public sector has been set up in the West Midlands.

Union claims 25% of council jobs to be cut at Richmond

06/02/2015

Trade union GMB has claimed plans for a new shared staffing structure will see a quarter of jobs cut at Richmond Council by 2017.

Shared chief chosen for tri-council partnership

03/02/2015

Matt Posser has been chosen as the new shared chief executive for the Dorset tri-council partnership.

Councils agree staff merger, sparking job loss fears

26/01/2015

A union has warned that plans for two London councils to ‘merge’ could lead to ‘massive job losses’.

School funding crisis

21/01/2015

Jenny Powell explores how to bridge the income gap for the education sector

Partnership plan could save three councils £46m

19/12/2014

Plans for collaboration and a new organisation to deliver services could save three districts almost £46m over the next ten years.

Labour proposes £500m CLG budget cutbacks

11/12/2014

Labour Party shadow ministers today announced proposals to drive further £500m back office and shared service efficiencies from local government.

Single tier councils more at risk from 'financial tipping point'

05/12/2014

Around one in five single tier authorities, and 10% of district councils, are at risk of facing a financially tipping point by 2016, according to new analysis.

Review to put council admin costs in the spotlight

24/11/2014

Public services minister, Leighton Andrews, has commissioned a review of administrative costs across all local authorities in Wales.

Tri-council partnership in Dorset draws closer

03/11/2014

A potential tri-council partnership in Dorset has become more likely, with another town hall committing to measures that could save £6m every year.

Review calls for tri-boroughs to have own chief executives

28/10/2014

The tri-borough should scrap its shared chief executive in order to deliver improvements to the joint working arrangement, an independent review has recommended.

New joint CEO for Wychavon and Malvern Hills

20/10/2014

Two local authorities in Worcestershire have agreed to share a chief executive.

Welsh council considers merger options

07/10/2014

Rhondda Cynon Taf is to investigate the pros and cons of merging with neighbouring authorities.

Shared services: a new era of consistency in local government

25/09/2014

David Moody examines some of the challenges and opportunities facing councils looking to share IT services

Tory condemns combined authority plans

23/09/2014

The creation of a combined authority for Nottinghamshire has been condemned as a ‘wacky and nonsense’ idea by a key opposition leader.

Borough ready to scrap chief executive role

18/09/2014

A local authority is poised to scrap its chief executive post after deciding that sharing the role with another council would not be 'sensible'.

Leader calls for single council in Cheshire

16/09/2014

The leader of Cheshire East Council has called for the abolishment of his own council in favour of a county council.

Dorset councils consider tri-partnership

16/09/2014

Three councils in Dorset are considering joining forces under plans to save £6m by 2020.

Winning councils named for £9m shared services fund

12/09/2014

A £9m Government fund has been divided between 80 councils to support joint service improvements, including three districts set to share a chief executive.

Council merger would be ‘a step backwards’, argues town hall

05/09/2014

A council in South Wales has insisted it can ‘stand alone’ amid proposals to merge it with two other local authorities.

Joint working on the cards as Rochdale looks to save £51m

01/09/2014

Rochdale is considering working jointly with other councils as it attempts to save £51m over the next two years.

District and county agree office share

13/08/2014

South Somerset District Council is to share part of its central building with Somerset County Council in a bid to cut costs and drive joint working.

One Public Estate

12/08/2014

The five 'golden rules' to guide successful participation in the shared assets scheme.

Councils urged to share arts and culture services

24/07/2014

Councils should find alternative ways to sustain local arts and culture by co-operating with other town halls, a report claims.

Kingston and Richmond to share services ‘wherever possible’

21/07/2014

Kingston and Richmond Councils are to share all services possible in a bid to save up to £8m each.

Cambridge explores shared services programme

08/07/2014

Cambridge City Council is considering plans to share services with district councils in a bid to find savings and retain services.

Dorset councils propose shared working

04/07/2014

Three Dorset councils are considering sharing a senior management team and developing joint services as part of a bid for transformation funding.

A problem shared...

24/06/2014

Shared services are widely considered as a key strategy in generating savings for the UK public sector but there are still some barriers preventing their wider adoption at a local level.

Shared services drive from East England councils

18/06/2014

Shared services should ‘be the way forward’ in the east of England if councils are to effectively face budget restrictions.

The rise of alternative service delivery models

06/06/2014

How local government is driving innovationin new models of service delivery.

Four councils set out plans for ‘most radical joint working’ in local government

28/05/2014

Four councils are proposing to launch a jointly-owned local authority company to transform the way they run services and save more than £55m over the next ten years.

Districts explore joint chief executive role

15/05/2014

Discussions are underway at two Worcestershire district councils over plans to save £100,000 each year through a joint chief executive role.

Shared services working in West Suffolk says peer review

08/05/2014

The shared service arrangement between Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council has put the two authorities in a better financial position that most, according to a peer review.

Two councils agree £1.5m shared ICT deal

01/05/2014

South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council have signed a £1.5m deal to share ICT services.

Shared services save councils £357m

28/04/2014

Shared services have saved the taxpayer more than £350m with 96% of councils involved in some kind of sharing, according to latest figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).

Counties to develop shared services

11/04/2014

South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire District councils are to set up a ‘strategic partnership’ that will see them sharing services across the two authorities.

Two councils share management of environmental services

04/04/2014

Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council are now sharing environmental services, reducing the number of senior managers and saving £200,000 a year.

NAO calls for clear reporting of shared services savings

02/04/2014

Government departments have been warned they must be able to demonstrate what savings have been achieved through the Next Generation shared services strategy, in a report published by auditors.

Councils prioritising shared services to cut costs, survey finds

26/03/2014

The shift towards shared services is the most popular strategy for saving money, according to a survey of local government managers.

Why councils need to 'get on' with shared services

07/03/2014

Shared services may be boring and difficult, but they are also politically essential for the future of local government.

West Dorset councils commit to three-year service review

14/02/2014

Two councils in west Dorset have pledged to undertake a three-year service review to meet £7m in combined central funding cuts

Tri-borough agrees joint framework for IT services

16/12/2013

Three London councils have agreed a shared framework for IT services in a bid to save money and protect frontline services.

Havering and Newham to progress £40m shared services deal

25/11/2013

East London boroughs Havering LBC and Newham LBC have green-lighted a shared service agreement that has the potential to deliver £40m savings over the next five years.

Purbeck Council votes against shared services

18/11/2013

Purbeck District Council has voted not to share services with Christchurch and East Dorset Councils.

Districts to approve shared services plan

05/11/2013

Approval to join the officer structures of two Somerset councils is expected to be given at meetings next week.

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