More than half a billion pounds has been saved by councils sharing services in the last five years, according to the Local Government Association.
Almost all councils (98%) are now participants of a shared service scheme, of which there are 486, the association added. These have saved a combined £643m since 2012.
William Nunn (Con), chair of the LGA’s improvement and innovation board, said: “Shared services are no longer just the realm of the most innovative councils, but rather standard practice for councils to improve services, increase resilience and save money in times of significant change, cementing councils’ reputation as the most efficient part of the public sector.
“We’ve come to the point where best practice must move beyond councils’ boundaries and start permeating the public sector. There is much to be learnt about how to deliver more efficient and effective services through greater collaboration and councils are ready and waiting to share their knowledge.”
This comes as the LGA updates its shared services map, which can be viewed here.