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Councils have saved £840m through shared service arrangements, new research has revealed today.
Plymouth City Council has agreed to take on full managerial responsibility for the ‘inadequate’ children’s services in Torbay.
Newcastle City Council has approved plans to transfer staff to Northumberland County Council as part of plans to share transactional services.
Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council are considering joining forces to deliver planning services.
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.
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’.
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.
Shared services growth is promising but councils must truly integrate to deliver major savings, argues Jason Laroche.
The largest underground bin system in the UK has opened in Cambridge, enabling residents to put their waste down chutes outside their homes.
More than half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money has been saved by councils sharing services, new research reveals.