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Improved Procurement: Shared Services

Aug 15, 2012

An article in Guardian Professional highlights the Local Government Association's report which researches 5 shared service arrangements: "A report from the Local Government Association (LGA) says that five local shared services arrangements have saved a total of £30m through a range of measures, including integrating IT systems and better procurement. The document is based on research into five shared agreements by Drummond MacFarlane on behalf of the LGA. The five are Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire county councils, set up in 2010; Devon and Somerset fire and rescue authority, set up in 2007; Herefordshire council, Herefordshire primary care trust and Wye Valley NHS trust, set up in 2011; Procurement Lincolnshire (all the councils in the county), set up in 2008; and Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district council, which started the process in 2008. Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, for example, delivered savings of £1.8m by renegotiating a contract with its IT supplier. In 2012-13 it expects to make savings of £3m from the re-procurement of the Cambridgeshire IT network..." To read the full article, click here.

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