A report outlining the advanced progress of Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council to introduce shared services has been welcomed by Cabinet councillors.
Entitled ‘Stronger Together’, the strategy has culminated in a combined workforce and one senior management team delivering services across both councils.
Phases 1 and 2 of the transformation programmes achieved £2.8m of savings and efficiencies, with another £400,000 to be saved in Phase 3.
Councillor Colin Swansborough, Cabinet member for Core Support and Strategic Services, said:
“At a time of unprecedented government funding cuts, we have been at the vanguard of developing new ways of delivering public services. Local authorities have no choice but to change and adapt.
“We enter Phase 3 of the transformation in a position of strength and very few councils can say that.”
Phase 3 will focus on corporate functions such as finance, audit, legal and HR. The implementation costs will be shared equally between Lewes and Eastbourne.
Councillor Swansborough added:
“By combining our resources, our expertise and local knowledge we’ve been able to protect and enhance services in Eastbourne and Lewes.”
The report will also be considered by Lewes District Council on October 29 at Southover House.
Published 25 October 2018