Council set to review services to make more savings

Dorset Echo: Robert Gould Robert Gould

An ambitious three year programme to review district and borough council services across West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland will be put before councillors next week.

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council have already saved around £3million a year through their ground-breaking shared services partnership. It sees one workforce delivering services for both authorities.

But financial forecasts show the two councils will need to find considerable further savings or additional income by the end of 2016/17.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said: “Every council in the country is facing huge cuts in funding. Our two authorities are taking a proactive approach and tackling this in a managed way.

“The proposed service reviews will help ensure the councils are able to provide affordable services which best meet the future needs of local residents and businesses. They are crucial in developing organisations which are fit for 2020 and beyond.”

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement Briefholder Mike Goodman said: “Our two councils are dealing with this head on by conducting in-depth reviews of all services - both statutory (those we have to provide by law) and discretionary (those we choose to provide).

“The reviews will mean some big changes and will take account of the views of service users and our key partners. There will be difficult decisions – some services will stop, others will have to be delivered in significantly different ways.”

The councils’ Shared Services Joint Advisory Committee will be asked to endorse the service review programme on 27 January 2014. However, the final programme will be agreed by the individual councils in February.

The first reviews would begin in April 2014 with decisions on any changes to services made by each council in the usual way. The programme and the type of reviews proposed at this stage can be seen at www.dorsetforyou.com/412160.

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1:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

Echo reporter, et all, there is nothing 'ground-breaking' about a 'shared services partnership', this is just basic common sense and best practice.
I see not all has been trimmed when you still have the likes of 'Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement Briefholder' - that's Mike Goodman's latest fanciful title. Please shut the doors of the madhouse, some have escaped!
The councils’ Shared Services Joint Advisory Committee, doubtless with their sub-committees and Briefholders (does that mean he's holding up his Y-fronts?) will then pontificate and do nothing because 'the final programme will be agreed by the individual councils'. Bless local authorities, aren't they efficient, and it's not as if we pay them?
Echo reporter, et all, there is nothing 'ground-breaking' about a 'shared services partnership', this is just basic common sense and best practice. I see not all has been trimmed when you still have the likes of 'Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Corporate Affairs and Continuous Improvement Briefholder' - that's Mike Goodman's latest fanciful title. Please shut the doors of the madhouse, some have escaped! The councils’ Shared Services Joint Advisory Committee, doubtless with their sub-committees and Briefholders (does that mean he's holding up his Y-fronts?) will then pontificate and do nothing because 'the final programme will be agreed by the individual councils'. Bless local authorities, aren't they efficient, and it's not as if we pay them? Tinker2

3:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Knock the Charles Street development on the head. That should save us a few million.
Knock the Charles Street development on the head. That should save us a few million. CoogarUK.com

5:51pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dorset Boy says...

Time to vote for an Unitary authority for the whole of Dorset
Time to vote for an Unitary authority for the whole of Dorset Dorset Boy

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