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London Councils Shared IT Services plan

Shared ICT services plan expected to save Councils £4 million a year

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Two London borough’s have unveiled a proposal to establish shared IT services.

Islington and Camden Councils have announced plans for a shared IT services plan, which is projected to save the Councils £4 million a year.

Shared IT services will enable the councils to consolidate expertise, exchange knowledge and share best practices.

Islington and Camden Councils employ over 300 IT staff between them, and already share public health and internal audit services. As a result of significant government budget cuts, the two Councils are seeking to save £185 million between them by 2018/19.

Islington Council’s executive member for finance and performance, Councillor Andy Hull, said “Islington and Camden are coming together to harness digital technology so that we can deliver services in a way that both suits local people and saves us precious money at a time when the government continues to cut inner-city councils to the bone”.

“It’s a good example of how, in the face of unprecedented challenges, we are innovating and coming up with genuinely transformative solutions”.

Camden Council’s cabinet member for finance and technology, Councillor Theo Blackwell, added “Both councils have a long history of collaboration and share similar objectives, so it makes perfect sense to come together to provide an improved service at a lower cost. In the future, the joint service may also be able to generate income for both councils through selling its combined expertise.”

Islington and Campden Councils already share public health and internal audit services.

Read the ICT Shared Services Proposal.

Learn how Islington Council is tackling its budget cut challenge.

More about Campden Council.