Hammersmith & Fulham LBC and Westminster City Council have unveiled plans to merge their education services departments; a move the councils claim will save 20% inside three years.
The councils said the move, which is part of both councils’ wider efficiency programmes, will also help improve standards, tackle failing schools and accelerate the delivery of free schools.
Hammersmith leader Stephen Greenhalgh (Con) said: “This is a blueprint for delivering more for less. That means cutting unnecessary costs wherever we can, such as merging the education department with our neighbours Westminster.”
Hammersmith also said it would sell off around a dozen council buildings that were either underused or provide poor value for money. The estimated £20m proceeds would be used to pay off debt, cut interest repayments and free up more than £2m in cash for frontline services every year, the council said.