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Staffordshire councils to save £1.2m sharing services


Councillors at two Staffordshire councils have approved plans that will see them share nearly all of their services.

Eight councils in shared services talks


Eight Essex councils covering one million people are in talks to share services in a bid to make savings.

Councils look at shared leadership team


Two district councils are expected to draw up plans for sharing a single leadership team.

Three councils sign shared services agreement


Basildon, Brentwood and Castle Point BC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities for partnership and collaborative working.

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

Adoption of shared services ‘unstoppable’, ICT body says


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


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


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


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

Wheelie bins replaced by underground waste system


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Call for closer working between Shropshire and Telford councils


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Two London councils to share a workforce


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


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


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


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


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


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

Strength in numbers


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


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


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


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

Two councils agree to share waste services


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Further streamlining ahead for local government workforce


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

Two counties agree to share legal team


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


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


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


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


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


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

School funding crisis


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

Partnership plan could save three councils £46m


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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

Welsh council considers merger options


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


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

Tory condemns combined authority plans


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


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


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


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

Winning councils named for £9m shared services fund


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


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


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


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


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

Councils urged to share arts and culture services


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’


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

Cambridge explores shared services programme


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


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...


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

Shared services save councils £357m


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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