Details emerge on “super-council” plan

Details have emerged on plans from Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster councils to share some services targeting £35m a year in savings.

The plans could result in 350 middle and senior management posts Рhalf the total Рbeing cut. The main cuts would be produced by sharing education, social care, libraries and property management services.

Some of the proposals:

  • A 50% reduction in the 350-strong team of middle and senior managers and their support staff.
  • Spending 54% less on back-office and managerial support in adult social care.
  • A joint HR department for all three councils
  • A single management team for the three boroughs’ libraries
  • Sharing responsibilities for security, cleaning, printing and repairs in council run property.
  • A shared chief executive and managing director between LBHF and RBKC.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council will discuss the plans at a cabinet meeting on February 16. The proposals could become reality in May.

See coverage from the BBC. See previous PWL coverage.

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