Councils team up to save money

Left: Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor David Tutt. Right: Leader of Lewes District Council, Councillor Rob Blackman SUS-150123-125835001
Left: Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, Councillor David Tutt. Right: Leader of Lewes District Council, Councillor Rob Blackman SUS-150123-125835001

Eastbourne Borough Council is teaming up with Lewes District Council in a ‘programme of collaboration’ to improve efficiency and customer service in both areas.

As well as sharing human resources and legal services from April 2015, the councils have identified numerous opportunities for co-operation across the authorities. The changes include senior managers working cross-boundary, as well as corporate “back-office” services.

Councillor David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “We started collaborating more closely in the autumn, and since then we have taken every opportunity to share staff and expertise. Alan Osborne, director of finance, is already sharing his time and Nazeya Hussain, director of business strategy and performance, will be taking up the role of director of regeneration for Eastbourne dividing her time across both councils from January 2015.”

The decision to work more closely and develop shared services was taken by LDC and EBC’s cabinets at their meetings in September and October 2014.

The primary aims of the shared services project are to deliver cost-effective, high quality and resilient services which meet future customer requirements. The councils said they hope the partnership working will save more than £300,000 over four years, and more in the future.