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Council's Look To Shared Services To Save Money

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7:40am 23rd January 2014

Ambitious plans to save £3 million across two Dorset's Councils could see a raft of cutbacks.

Details of a major service review goes before Councillors next week (Monday 27th January).

West Dorset District and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's, have already saved around £3 million a year through their ground-breaking shared services partnership. It sees one workforce delivering services for both authorities.

But they need to save more to bridge the predicted £4 million funding gap by 2017.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said: "Every council in the country is facing huge cuts in funding. Our two authorities are taking a proactive approach and tackling this in a managed way.

"The proposed service reviews will help ensure the councils are able to provide affordable services which best meet the future needs of local residents and businesses. They are crucial in developing organisations which are fit for 2020 and beyond."

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement Briefholder Mike Goodman said: "Our two councils are dealing with this head on by conducting in-depth reviews of all services - both statutory (those we have to provide by law) and discretionary (those we choose to provide).

"The reviews will mean some big changes and will take account of the views of service users and our key partners. There will be difficult decisions - some services will stop, others will have to be delivered in significantly different ways."

A Joint Advisory Committee is expected to back plans for the new review at a meeting on Monday.

The first services would go under the microscope as early as April this year.

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