Innovative partnership work between West Oxfordshire District Council and three other local authorities is set to be given a further boost with a £500,000 grant from central Government.
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis announced last week that the four-authority partnership comprising Cheltenham Borough, Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire district councils is a Transformation Challenge Award winner.
The partnership, known as GO (Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire) Shared Services, has already started transforming local service delivery and is making huge financial savings by providing some shared back office functions.
These include finance, human resources and payroll.
With this grant award, the councils will be able to investigate a range of additional joint efficiency savings initiatives.
Cllr Barry Norton, leader of West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Our efficiencies programme to date has been extremely effective, enabling us to safeguard frontline services that matter most to local people.
“We welcome this grant award from government as it brings further opportunities to investigate what additional savings can be made through more joint working with other forward-thinking local councils.”
Mr Lewis said: “Ambitious authorities have shown how local partnerships and a complete redesign of services around individuals, not organisations, can mean better outcomes for people.”
A report will be presented to each council’s cabinet to consider further joint working options during June/July.