Oxfordshire CC has approved plans to transfer some of its human resources and finance teams to a business centre run by Hampshire CC in Winchester, as part of efforts to save about £700,000 per year.
About 140 staff at Oxfordshire CC will be offered the chance to transfer to Hampshire employment and will be moved to the Hampshire integrated business centre, which will also house Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue.
If staff choose to transfer they will be eligible for financial relocation support. If staff choose not to transfer, Oxfordshire CC said it would do its best to “redeploy” them, although the authority warned there could be some redundancies.
A full staff consultation will begin during the autumn.
Oxfordshire’s cabinet is due later this year to make a further decision on whether some staff who deliver education services will be part of the partnership with Hampshire CC.
Rodney Rose (Con), Oxfordshire CC’s deputy leader, said in a statement: “We have been very careful to explore every angle of the proposal to link up with Hampshire. Our research made it clear that this proposal stacks up financially and would deliver the savings we must make while continuing to provide quality, value for money back-office services for our frontline teams.
“It was also clear from the outset that such a public-to-public partnership would lead to more seamless transitions. Central government has long been asking councils to work more closely together and this is another example of Oxfordshire CC sharing a service with another authority to deliver value for money for taxpayers and make savings that do not affect frontline services.”
The plans are part of a process to save Oxfordshire CC £64m by the year 2018.
The two councils do not neighbour each other. However, they already have an ICT and business systems partnership.