The South East Wales shared service project, which has been agreed by 10 local authorities, could see savings of up to £45m over 10 years. The savings from joint working on human resources, training and payroll work, would be released for frontline services under the plan.
The Welsh Assembly Government is providing £250,000 from the Making the Connections Improvement Fund to enable a full business case to be developed for the project.
Andrew Davies said:
This innovative strategic collaborative project is a model for other developing shared-service projects and is an excellent example of the type of scheme we are funding under the Assembly Government’s £9m Improvement Fund.
Collaborative working and sharing best practice is vitally important if we are to improve public service delivery in Wales. The Assembly Government has been actively promoting the sharing experience and good practice through this fund, which supports innovative joint working projects that improve public services and stimulate change.
I recently approved a further 17 projects for grant funding under the 2007-08 round. Projects receiving support are drawn from all parts of the public service ranging from Caerphilly CBC leading on a project identifying key barriers to engagement for those aged 50 and above and Bro Morganwg NHS Trust leading a feasibility study to develop integrated health and social care services around people with learning disabilities.
The response from public service bodies looking to benefit from this funding for both the first and second round has been excellent. The projects that have come forward so far demonstrate the range of opportunities there are for public bodies to work together to provide better services to the public.
Greater efficiency is fundamental to sustaining and improving public services. Efficiency is about improving the way public bodies work, not cutting services. By supporting projects such as these that will deliver better value for money and lead to more efficient use of resources, we are leading the way.
December 19, 2007