More services set to be shared

More services will be shared between High Peak Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council after a £200,000 government investment.

The funding is part of a £6.9 million initiative announced yesterday (Wednesday) to radically overhaul the way local public bodies do business, as part of the government’s pledge to transform public services.

The two authorities will use the funding to share services specialising in income generation, asset management and regeneration.

The Transformation Challenge Award is being used to speed up the integration of local health care services, create shared finance and HR for emergency services, share assets such as buildings, and use existing data to provide more efficient services.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “Since 2008 this council has been operating an innovative Strategic Alliance with our neighbours Staffordshire Moorlands District Council which has resulted in savings every year of around £3 million to our communities.

“This has meant that we have been able to freeze council tax whilst protecting the services that we know residents in High Peak rely on.

“The funding announced today recognises our pioneering approach to local service delivery.

“In light of the ongoing government cuts to local councils this will help us to look at new ways of taking innovation further by exploring how we can, for example, improve the use of the assets of both councils to support the sharing of services and the needs of the communities in both areas, and the competitiveness of services such as commercial waste collection and building control.

“We’ll also be looking at how we can encourage growth and regeneration by supporting organisations in developing projects that bring economic benefits to the area.”