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£9.2M pot to assist local authorities with sharing

15 February 2013

Brandon Lewis has announced a £9.2m fund to assist councils in co-operating to deliver front line services. The Government has hailed existing partnerships as a success and seeks to encourage other councils to follow suit.

Rather than sticking to the now familiar shared services model, enterprising local authorities have identified innovative ways to reduce overheads through co-operation, such as sharing chief executive and management structures. Clearly new approaches which can lead to efficiency savings are to be welcomed and if the Government’s new fund can kick start these projects to unlock greater savings this may be a route more authorities are willing to explore.

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