Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Plan One 'Civil Service'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Plan One 'Civil Service'

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Councils in Hertfordshire are drawing up plans to create a single integrated 'civil service' across all the county's local government bodies to make savings, Public Finance has been told.

They are developing proposals for a unified workforce covering 10 district councils, the county council, and its police and fire authorities.

The plan was revealed by Roy Wilsher, the county's chief fire officer and also chief executive in the Police and Crime Commissioner's team.

'Because everyone in local authorities has got to save money, we're starting to talk about a Hertfordshire civil service,' Wilsher said. 'This would go across the districts, the county, the fire, police - all those people in Hertfordshire.'

He said the creation of single human resources, finance, procurement and property functions are among areas being considered. The organisations are comparing working practices and sickness absence levels to see how workforce harmonisation can be undertaken, he told PF. …

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