Magazine article Public Finance

Government Takes L3bn Savings Burden off Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

Government Takes L3bn Savings Burden off Councils

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Councils were given an early Christmas present this week, when they were told they would no longer be responsible for finding £3bn in schools' and police authority savings called for in the Gershon report.

Following pressure from the Local Government Association, responsibility for overseeing councils' contribution to education and police efficiencies has been passed to the Department for Education and Skills and the Home Office.

School savings represented around 37%, or £2.38bn, of the £6.45bn efficiency savings earmarked for the local government sector by 2008 following Sir Peter Gershon's review. Police authority savings represented a further 10%, or £645m.

Public Finance understands that the Department of Health has also taken full responsibility for overseeing £65Om in efficiencies earmarked for local adult social care.

Sue Reid, head of local government modernisation and efficiency at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, announced the police and school changes when she addressed the LGA's annual general assembly on December 15. …

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