Plymouth to team up with other councils to share services
PLYMOUTH is to team up with three other councils to share some of its services in a bid to save about £16million.
City Cabinet members yesterday agreed to invest in the scheme to integrate services and ICT systems.
The aim is to cut costs and improve service customers across the four councils: Plymouth, East Devon and Teignbridge District Councils, and Exeter City Council.
The four councils need to invest a total of £85,000 to pay for a full business case, which is expected to be done in June this year.
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East Devon and Exeter have already approved the project and Teignbridge's meeting is scheduled for later this week.
If the councils agree to push ahead after the business case, the cost of implementing the system is expected to be £1.2 million, but savings are expected to be £16million over 10 years.
Plymouth's deputy leader, Cllr Peter Smith, said: "When all councils are faced with making similar budget cuts it makes sense to look at options where we can deliver back office services together.
"Shared services is an option we are looking into which could potentially save money which could otherwise be needed in other areas such as services for vulnerable adults and children."
Plymouth City Council has already implemented new technologies which will be needed if services are to be shared.