News | Pioneering merger has saved Councils £17m – new figures – Adur & Worthing Councils

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Merging council services across Adur and Worthing has saved £17m over the last ten years, according to new figures.

The tenth anniversary of the amalgamation of services between borough and district falls on Wednesday (12th July 2017) and finance chiefs at the councils calculate that the ongoing saving is still amounting to more than £3m a year.

Adur and Worthing were the first councils in the country to merge service functions such as refuse collections, officer responsibility, IT systems, benefits, planning policy and parks.

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Pioneering merger has saved Councils £17m – new figures
Released: Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Merging council services across Adur and Worthing has saved £17m over the last ten years, according to new figures.

The tenth anniversary of the amalgamation of services between borough and district falls on Wednesday (12th July 2017) and finance chiefs at the councils calculate that the ongoing saving is still amounting to more than £3m a year.

Adur and Worthing were the first councils in the country to merge service functions such as refuse collections, officer responsibility, IT systems, benefits, planning policy and parks.

The pioneering move has meant that the councils have been able to protect frontline services against central government grant cuts. For instance Adur & Worthing Councils are one of the few local authorities still committed to weekly refuse collections,

Many other council across the UK have since adopted Adur and Worthing’s blueprint. While back office functions have been merged the councils themselves have remained completely independent with elected councillors for both authorities deciding their own priorities for their residents.

Leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin (pictured right), said:

“I think it is worth noting this milestone anniversary. It was a bold move and people thought we were mad. We have saved taxpayers money while maintaining frontline services.”

“And of course we remain separate from Worthing but nevertheless we work well together on big projects that benefit residents of both places.”

Leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Dan Humphreys (pictured left), said:

“£17m is a hefty saving and has allowed us to focus on what is really important for the people of this borough.”

“We have never lost our individual identity but working together has brought great benefits to both communities.”

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