Vast majority of councils share services, LGA finds

The Local Government Association (LGA) has found that the majority of local authorities in England are involved in shared service arrangements.

In an updated version of its services map, the LGA outlined that shared services were ’no longer just the realm of the most innovative councils’. The map will be used to help councils learn about how other authorities are managing their services, and will help them find suitable partners to work with.

The LGA also identified that councils were no longer separately calculating the savings they generated, but instead focused on improving performance and services.

Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “This latest shared services map confirms that councils are working together to successfully save money.

“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."