Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Sutton Council provides insurance service for neighbouring boroughs
Sutton Council is set to provide insurance services to three neighbouring boroughs, including Reigate and Banstead, Epson and Ewell and Surrey Health councils.
By sharing the services, the three boroughs are expected to make significant savings as result of the shared costs, and will benefit from Sutton’s fully fledged insurance team.
Sutton Council already shares services including legal, ICT, HR, Community Safety and parts of its adoption service, and the new move will raise extra revenue. The insurance service will work with council departments to reduce their risk profile and minimise the likelihood of cost of claims.
Councillor Simon Wales, deputy leader of Sutton Council and lead member for finance and assets, said: “Sutton is at the forefront of sharing services with other boroughs to save money while continuing to provide high-quality services. In this case Sutton will be providing the insurance services that will generate income for the council.”
Bill Pallett, head of finance (CFO) at Reigate and Banstead Council, said: “At a time of substantial and sustained financial pressures it makes perfect sense to come together to achieve high-quality services, value for money for residents and service resilience.”