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House of Commons Written Answers 1 November 2010

 

Local Government

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the merits of proposals to establish joint chief executive posts for local authorities in (a) adjacent boroughs, (b) boroughs which propose to operate joint management teams and joint services and (c) other boroughs. [21014]

Robert Neill: As outlined in the Secretary of State's speech of 13 October 2010, a copy of which has been placed in the Library of the House, the Government are strongly supportive of councils sharing services and chief executives to deliver savings that will help protect frontline services; permission from the Department is not required. The local government sector is evaluating the opportunities offered by such approaches, including through the Local Government Group's Place Based Productivity programme. The Improvement and Development Agency has published reports on this subject in 2008 and 2009, at:

www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=14198370

The evidence so far from this work is that joint chief executives or management teams can lead to financial savings, greater opportunities for joint procurement, and the ability to share the experience and expertise of specialist staff and other services.