Third London council set to join shared ICT service

Haringey Council is set to join Islington and Camden councils’ plans for a shared digital and ICT service.

The move follows Camden and Islington’s announcement last September of plans to bring together digital and ICT staff, to enhance the service for residents and save costs.

All three boroughs already use a wide range of technologies to conduct their business as efficiently as possible and to deliver enhanced digital services for their residents. These range from websites and apps to assistive technology, as well as newer platforms that enable staff to work on the move, saving time and money.


More ambitious programme

Haringey’s involvement in the partnership, which is yet to be agreed, will apparently lead to a more ambitious programme of change, potentially saving £6m a year across the three boroughs. If the plans are approved, the costs and savings of the project will be shared equally between the three boroughs

Under the proposals, a joint committee made up of representatives from all three councils will meet in public to oversee the service and a single post will be created to lead and manage it. The plans are to be discussed at the three councils’ respective executive and cabinet meetings in coming weeks.

If all councils agree the move, recruitment for a head of service will take place in late spring. A launch date for the shared service has been set, pending agreement, at 1 October 2016.


Shared objectives

Camden Council’s cabinet member for finance and technology, Cllr Theo Blackwell, said: “We already have a long history of successful collaboration with Islington and all three authorities share similar objectives, so it makes perfect sense to come together.

“A great deal of work has already gone into creating the shared service, and we’re delighted that Haringey has recognised the potential for significantly improving service whilst delivering the budget reductions needed as a result of government cuts.

“In the future, the joint service may also be able to generate income for all three councils through selling its combined expertise.”

The decisions on whether to proceed with the proposals will be made by Islington Council’s executive on 10 March, Haringey Council’s cabinet on 15 March, and Camden Council’s cabinet on 6 April.

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