North Lincolnshire councils combine ‘back office’ services to

Councillor Richard Hannigan.
Councillor Richard Hannigan.

Two North Lincolnshire councils are set to combine some of their services to save millions of pounds.

North and North East Lincolnshire Councils are to share ‘back office’ services such as information technology, accounts, internal audit, human resources legal services and graphic design/publications.

Council chiefs claim the project, titled Northern Lincolnshire Business Connect, will save more than £12m by 2026.

Councillor Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for policy and finances 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.”

The decision was made by the joint committee for shared services and the scheme is set to launch in April.

Coun Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for finance and resources at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “A lot of work is going on behind the scenes. 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.”