‘Sharing services saves taxpayers £1bn’

The latest shared services map from the LGA shows that there are now 626 individual shared service arrangements across the country, resulting in £1.34 billion of efficiency savings.

Shared services have become business-as-usual for all councils in England, and are no longer just in the realm of the most innovative authorities. These savings demonstrate how councils are working together to share best practice to deliver efficient services for their communities.

Shared services go way beyond teams dealing with procurement, fraud or community safety initiatives, to include services such as coastal defence management and property management.

Former LGA Chairman Lord Porter said: “Councils have embraced efficiency and innovation in a way that is not seen anywhere else in the public sector and these fantastic new figures show, once again, they remain at the forefront of cost-effective service delivery.

“Councils sharing ideas and working collaboratively have contributed to more than £1 billion in efficiency savings that have helped local government in trying to protect vital local services amid ongoing funding pressures.

“Councils’ commitment to improvement remains strong but, faced with an overall funding gap that will reach £8 billion by 2025, securing the financial sustainability of councils and our local services must be the top priority in the Spending Review.”

The LGA’s shared services map can be accessed at www.local.gov.uk/shared-services-map

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