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Haringey and Waltham Forest look to combine services

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Two London boroughs have agreed to share a list of services as they struggle to find savings.

Haringey and Waltham Forest LBCs are to share payrol, recruitment, legal, school meals, call centres, audit and organisational development and learning.

They are also looking at a wider list of services to potentially share: revenues and benefits, traffic and transport engineering design, adult education, development control, regeneration and enforcement services.

Waltham Forest said it had to save £65m over the next four years, while Haringey must find £50m next year with further savings to come that it cannot yet quantify.

Waltham Forest leader Chris Robbins (Lab), said: “All of our residents have had a chance to have their say about what we cut and they’ve told us that they support the principle of councils sharing services to protect services.”

He said the councils would not merge and would remain politically separate.

They are understood not to be looking at employing a shared chief executive.

Haringey leader Claire Kober (Lab), said: “Haringey and Waltham Forest have unique differences and challenges which mean that in some areas it will not be possible to share services.

“This arrangement will be pragmatic in that we will only share services when it makes clear financial sense to do so.”

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