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Districts reject unitary and extend sharing

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Four councils have committed to a further shared services programme designed to save £39m by 2024.

Cheltenham BC and Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire DCs said they had taken the step in preference both to trying to form a unitary council or buying-in service provision.

It will see them extend their existing ‘2020 Vision’ programme of sharing human resources, finance and payroll services to include information technology, public protection, building control, legal, property, customer services and revenues and benefits.

Cotswold leader Lynden Stowe (Con) said: “We have looked at other ways to reduce running costs, including cutting services, forming a unitary authority and buying services from other providers. 

“We have discounted all of those options because we think the 2020 Vision model is the best solution as it will still allow us the independence to make our own decisions.”

The four councils will decide over the next 18 months whether to create a jointly owned local authority company to deliver the shared services.

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