Councils hope to save �1m
NORTH Devon and Torridge District Councils are set to move forward on plans for the sharing of services. Following Torridge District Council s agreement to investigate the possibilities, reported last week, North Devon councillors have also given their un
NORTH Devon and Torridge District Councils are set to move forward on plans for the sharing of services.
Following Torridge District Council's agreement to investigate the possibilities, reported last week, North Devon councillors have also given their unanimous approval.
There will now be a period of planning with staff and members and consultation with local parishes.
The first shared services could come into being by next summer - with the hope of �1million savings in the first 12 months.
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A joint statement from council leaders Cllr Des Brailey of North Devon and Cllr James Morrish of Torridge said:
"Both councils had previously started to look at the prospect of sharing services. However, this was put aside temporarily while we awaited the outcome of the Boundary Committee's work. We believe that the current political turmoil could result in further delays to the Local Government Review process. therefore, with this in mind, we have decided to revisit the issue of sharing local services. Following full council meetings at North Devon and Torridge, members from both councils agreed that this is a positive route to go down.
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"We all face an uncertain time with our funding over the next few years and we must be prepared to look at operating more efficiently to make what money we have go further. Sharing service deliveries with our neighbours may be one way to achieve improvements and to reduce costs without diminishing service quality. This will help to add value and strength to each of the authorities."
Members of both councils will now work together to investigate the potential for shared services and identify where they could work together.