Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Kensington and Chelsea councils (all Conservative) are discussing setting up a single 'back office' and having a single chief executive and set of senior directors. They would share also the entire range of children’s services, education and social care, as well as bin-emptying and street cleaning. Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham (all Labour) are at an early stage of exploring extensive sharing of services. Camden and Islington councils are in discussions.
The proposals reconsider the way in which not only councils but some health and local authorities could share services and (senior and specialist) staff. Reported savings for the three Conservative councils are between £100 and £150 million. Even if the projected saving are lower for the other regrouping councils the order of saving is impressive. Even more could be saved, as the London councils regroup, by a reformation of the Greater London Authority and the office of the London Mayor.
What point is there in having a pan-London body that is duplicating pan-London bodies?
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