Friday, 20 July 2018

Council to share more work in savings plan

SOUTH Oxfordshire District Council is considering outsourcing more of its back office functions in order to save money.

It has teamed up with neighbourghing Vale of White Horse District Council, with which it already shares some services and officers, and is set to approach other authorities.

The council says the move would save the two councils at least £5 million in a decade and would not result in a poorer service to residents.

A spokesman said: “South and Vale are to start testing the market to see if any external providers would be willing and able to provide a range of back office and administrative functions more efficiently, more cheaply and/or at higher quality standards.

“They’re also investigating the option of expanding the contract to include other councils, meaning even greater economies of scale and savings. The other councils currently involved are Hart, Havant and Mendip. South Oxfordshire and the Vale already have an excellent track record of using external providers for some of their services, including customer-facing ones.”

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