London’s Islington and Camden Councils are seeking approval to adopt a shared IT services programme which they claim would save around £4m a year. The councils want to create a joint committee to oversee the creation and running of its proposed £5m shared IT services initiative by 1 April 2016.
A report setting out the business case for the move stated that the two councils shared a “clear alignment” with the idea that IT services could save time and money.“Officers from Camden and Islington have carefully considered the underlying business case and it is felt there is a sufficient level of benefit – financial and otherwise – to recommend the creation of a shared service,” the report outlined.
Andy Hull, executive member for finance and performance at Islington Council, said the proposals were a good example of how the government’s austerity measures are forcing authorities to innovate to cut costs. “Islington and Camden are coming together to harness digital technology so we can deliver services in a way that suits local people and saves us precious money at a time when government continues to cut inner-city councils to the bone,” said Hull.
Councillor Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance and technology at Camden Council, added: “In the future, the joint service may also be able to generate income for both councils through selling its combined expertise.”
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