Laura Sharman 01 July 2016

Three West Sussex councils unveil shared services plan

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

Arun, Chichester and Horsham District Councils are considering sharing human resources, legal, and internal auditing services, while Chichester and Arun District Councils could also share revenues and benefits, customer services, and information and communication technology.

The three councils said initial findings for the partnership have shown it could lower the cost and improve the delivery of services.

Leader of Horsham District Council, Ray Dawe, said: ‘Many councils are already involved in sharing services in some form or other and it makes sense for us to further this process wherever we can.

‘We have identified these particular services as areas where we believe we can maintain existing service levels, increase resilience and save money in these times of significant change in local government. At the same time we shall continue to look at other areas where we can achieve a similar result.’

The cabinets of all three councils will consider the findings in July.

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