Stevenage and East Hertfordshire to share council services

The shared services will be run from Stevenage Borough Council's offices in Danestrete

The shared services will be run from Stevenage Borough Council's offices in Danestrete - Credit: Archant

TWO neighbouring councils are set to work together in a bid to improve services for residents while reducing costs.

Stevenage Borough Council’s (SBC) executive agreed last week – alongside counterparts at East Herts District Council – that a single team will cover work for both councils in ICT and print and design services.

The estimated net revenue savings to each council for 2014/2015 will be around £207,000 per year.

The partnership will be launched when current East Herts staff transfer to SBC employment later this summer, from a base at the borough council’s offices in Danestrete.

The decision follows several months of discussions and examinations of the services currently provided. Staff in affected services at both councils were consulted and there are no redundancies planned.

Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader of SBC, said: “To enable our councils to deliver excellent frontline services to our communities, we must ensure we have professional and resilient support services to rely on. Working in partnership with East Herts District Council will strengthen both our support services and give council tax payers better value for money.”