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Shared Services Projects 'Do Not Cut Staff Levels'

Magazine article Public Finance

Shared Services Projects 'Do Not Cut Staff Levels'

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Local government staffing levels have been largely unaffected by the growth in shared services, according to a report from the Improvement and Development Agency.

An IDA survey of 32 council chief executives and human resources directors found that most shared services projects were primarily concerned with managing demand and procuring services from the private sector, and therefore had a minimal impact on staffing levels.

'Where shared services have significant staffing implications these projects seem to move forward less quickly, or indeed get dropped,' the IDAs April 12 report states.

However, the report also suggests that moves to share services with other partners, such as primary care trusts or the local police force, could have a significant impact on the local government workforce. …

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