Shared services lead to reduced council tax in Hammersmith and Fulham

By Computing Staff
15 Dec 2011 View Comments
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Hammersmith and Fulham Council is likely to reduce council tax bills by 3.75 per cent in part as a result of sharing IT services with neighbouring councils Chelsea and Westminster.

The 'tri-borough' arrangement has seen the councils streamline staff by 500 this year, rationalise data centres and applications, as well as share a managed wired and wireless network and a converged social care system.

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The councils are also looking into merging their HR and finance systems.

Combining services will reduce management and overhead costs at Hammersmith and Fulham council by 50 per cent a year.

The move will save Hammersmith and Fulham taxpayers  £33.4m over four years.

The councils began their shared services arrangement in October 2010.

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