Wirral MBC and Cheshire West and Chester Council hope to cut their combined £69m corporate services bill by almost 12% by merging the service.
The two authorities took the first step towards establishing a combined corporate service by signing a ‘concordat’, detailing their mutual intention to combine their backroom services.
The agreement states that the combined service will serve both councils “equally, economically, effectively and efficiently” and commits both to exchanging sensitive data on cost, performance and standards of their corporate services. Each authority is expected to save at least £3.8 million from the move.
The merger, which is expected to be completed within three years, could pave the way to further joint working between the two authorities in areas such as public health and economic development.