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Derbyshire districts consider sharing

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Districts in Derbyshire are set to merge their senior management team and join up services, it has been announced.

Bolsover DC and North East Derbyshire DC are set to make a final decision about the move next month and hope it could save £1.5m a year once the restructuring has taken place.

If councillors give the plan the go ahead, it is hoped that a joint chief executive and a shared senior management team will be in place by April 1 with the intention that shared services will follow on.

Joint working is well-established between the councils who launched a joint IT service earlier this year.

There are no intentions to pursue a political merger, according to the councils.

In a joint statement North East Derbyshire leader Graham Baxter (Lab), left, and Bolsover leader Eion Watts (Lab), right, said the arrangement would be “a natural alliance of two excellent authorities that border each other and offer similar services, to a very high standard”.

The pair added: “Establishing a more formal and strategic alliance could help ensure that essential services to local communities – some of which are amongst the most deprived in the UK – will be protected in the face of the massive spending cuts forced on us by the coalition government.

“We have not been able to control the huge scale of the government-imposed cuts, but we can control how we meet the challenges ahead. Forming an alliance would be a way to ensure we continue to provide excellent services whilst delivering big savings for local people.”

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