Magazine article Public Finance

Borough Pilot Scheme to Include Other Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

Borough Pilot Scheme to Include Other Councils

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Community Budget pilots could expand to include other authorities once current plans are submitted to Whitehall, Public Finance has been told.

Phi lippa Roe, the leader of Westminster City Council, one of the three authorities in the tri-borough Community Budget trial, said proposals were now being developed with a further two London authorities to 'streamline' a range of services.

Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea have been sharing a range of services since June 201 1, and the three councils were jointly awarded one of the four Community Budget pilots last December.

Roe said the project could now be extended to include both Richmond and Wandsworth councils. She told PF: 'The Community Budget has Richmond and Wandsworth involved as well, five boroughs looking at all the different service costs on a particular topic and planning them together so we don't have overspending.'

There are currently four wholeplace Community Budget pilots: trie London thoorough project, Cheshire West and Chester, Greater Manchester and Essex. All four have to submit initial proposals to government by July 1 1. If approved, these will be developed into full business cases for service reform and submitted for approval in October. Changes to local public spending could then get the go-ahead before the end of the year.

Roe said that the tri-borough's outline business plans will 'justify that we are goingto be able to deliver better services'. It will propose reforms to the adoption system and better integration of health and social care. …

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