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Barnet's proposals begin to emerge

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Barnet LBC has unveiled the first part of its transformational proposals, saying it wanted to create a “one public sector” approach to services in the borough.  

The first of two papers due from the council, called for more “integrated and aligned” work between Barnet and its public sector partners.

Other recommendations included creating a hub to manage the council’s £500m property portfolio.

Barnet chief executive Nick Walkley insisted that the plans were as radical as when they were first laid out but would not be drawn on how many jobs would be cut. The council had been considering operating as a central hub which commissioned all services from other providers.

Further proposals are due in the autumn and analysts said these would shed more light on how radical a line the council was taking.

“Barnet is playing the long game,” said one consultant, “There will be no big bang approach. They have looked at the easy bits so far, such as the efficiencies to be gained from their property.

“It will be interesting to see the second part.”

Meanwhile, Essex CC has appointed IBM as preferred bidder to deliver its £200m savings programme.

It remains unclear how big or radical the project will eventually become, having originally been billed as a contract worth up to £5.4bn.

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  • And for an alternative view, warning about the flawed thinking in shared services see here - Economy of scale - it's a myth!

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