The introduction of shared services between 337 local councils has resulted in £263 million of efficiency savings.

According to figures from the Local Government Association, at least 95% of all English councils are engaged in the practise of sharing services.

Implemented as part of the Cabinet Office’s next-generation shared services strategic plan, public sector institutions are sharing several administrative functions, including human resources, procurement and finance.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: ‘There is absolutely no need for departments and arms-length bodies to have their own back-office functions and duplicate efforts, when they can be delivered more efficiently by sharing services and expertise. Plus, it will save the taxpayer half a billion pounds a year.’

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