Councils’ joint approach aims to save £12m

North and North East Lincolnshire Councils anticipate saving more than £12m by 2026 by joining forces to create Northern Lincolnshire Business Connect to share a series of important council functions.

By this April the councils expect to share information technology (IT), accounts, internal audit, human resources (HR), legal services, and graphic design/publications to provide efficient and effective support at minimum cost to protect frontline services to people in Northern Lincolnshire.

Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for finance and resources at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “A lot of work is going on behind the scenes and I am pleased with progress so far. We now have an identity for the new service that people will recognise in our business transactions with our many customers.

“We must continue to look at ways we can improve the way we deliver our services to our customers and in doing so, where possible, save money in the process. This money can be better spent on delivering key services to those who need them.”

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Policy and Finance at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Northern Lincolnshire Business Connect is not just about saving money; ultimately, it is about creating a better, more joined-up way of working on some back office support services that currently each council provides separately.

“The two councils are very similar in size and are right next door to each other, so it makes perfect sense to look at ways we can become more efficient and effective and it is only right that we do so.

“These changes won’t happen overnight – we need to ensure we have considered everything properly to ensure we have the right model in place come April 2016 when we launch the new joint service.”