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Councils sharing services save more than £1 billion

Friday 5th July, 2019

According to the latest shared services map from the Local Government Association (LGA), there are now 626 individual shared service arrangements across the country resulting in £1.34 billion of efficiency savings.

The map shows that shared services have become business-as-usual for all councils in England and are no longer just in the realm of the most innovative councils. 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. Councils have embraced challenges and now collaborate with every aspect of the wider public sector, dealing with a diverse range of challenges, according to LGA.

Lord Porter, LGA Chairman, said; “Councils sharing ideas and working collaboratively has contributed to more than £1 billion in efficiency savings that have helped local government to try and 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.”