Magazine article Public Finance

Shared Services 'Need Careful Business Planning'

Magazine article Public Finance

Shared Services 'Need Careful Business Planning'

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The economic case for joint working in the public sector must be clearly established before plans for shared services are implemented, leading finance officials in Scotland have advised.

CIPFA in Scotland's response to the Scottish Executive's consultation paper on a strategy for shared services calls for advance preparation of business plans and pilot studies to test joint working.

It also warns that implementation and transitional costs could be greater than suggested and that political agreement at local level will be vital if the plans are to work.

The response to A shared approach to building a better Scotland was prepared jointly by CIPFA in Scotland officials and local government directors of finance at Scotland's 32 councils.

According to the submission, decisions on collaboration should be the outcome of business reviews that have identified a need or a problem that has to be tackled, 'rather than identifying solutions before being really clear about the problem'. …

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