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Council approves shared services agenda

[Wednesday 28 January 2009]

MEMBERS of Richmondshire District Council have backed plans for shared services and management arrangements with a neighbouring authority.

We have always said that 'no change' is not an option, and that change can allow more innovative ideas and opportunities to come

Melva Steckles - Richmondshire District Council

Plans to share services on Information Technology and refuse collection between Richmondshire and Hambleton District Councils are expected to save between £250,000 and £670,000 a year, and help both authorities meet efficiency targets and budget pressures. Others services that might be shared in the future would be explored as part of the arrangements.

At a Full Council meeting last night, Richmondshire councillors approved arrangements for a shared Chief Executive, shared management and shared services with Hambleton.

Councillor Melva Steckles, Leader of Richmondshire District Council, said: "We have always said that 'no change' is not an option, and that change can allow more innovative ideas and opportunities to come forward.

"Through this decision we will achieve more efficient governance, and I hope the strength of this partnership will help us develop more, stronger partnerships, and more shared services in the future."

Members will receive a further report in April for a final decision about the development strategy and business cases for shared services, and there will be a review of the arrangements after the elections due in 2011.

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