Shared Services in Local Government: Improving Service Delivery
- ID: 550466
- November 2007
- 234 Pages
- Ashgate Publishing
Despite the pressure for local councils to follow the lead of the private sector and develop shared service and partnership arrangements, the barriers in terms of culture, differences in priorities across councils and lack of experience are formidable - yet this is the most likely source of meeting government targets for reduced overheads and improved organizational effectiveness.
By using extensive case studies drawn from across local councils in England, Ray Tomkinson explains the implications of sharing service delivery, addresses concerns about loss of control and accountability, and demonstrates the potential advantages. He shows how to set up collaborative ventures, formal partnerships, shared service centres or special purpose vehicles, while pointing out possible pitfalls, thus enabling senior managers to follow all the necessary project steps to create an appropriate shared service. It seeks to examine the evidence of the cost, effectiveness and quality improvements achieved from sharings.
This ground-breaking book has been written for everyone in local government; it explores the political and cultural barriers, and legislative/legal framework for joint workings, explains how to find an appropriate governance vehicle, and how to gain the commitment of partners. It deals with political and managerial concerns, risk aversion and parochial issues, and the possible impact on the reputation and performance of both sharers. Shared Services in Local Government is the only comprehensive study for the UK and it will ensure any public sector organization pursuing this route is able to approach the task of creating a shared service with a real understanding of the issues involved.
About the Author:
Ray Tomkinson is a consultant specializing in public sector performance improvement. A period as a Best Value Inspector gave him wide experience of Strategic Partnerships and for a year he was the project manager of the innovative shared services initiative by the Welland Partnership, an ongoing alliance of five different local authorities over four counties: East Northamptonshire Council, Northamptonshire; Harborough District Council, Leicestershire; Melton Borough Council, Leicestershire; Rutland County Council; and South Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
The background to shared services
The impetus to share
Shared services case studies
Case study 1 – Anglia Revenues Partnership
Case study 2 – The Welland Partnership
Learning from the case studies
The shared services scene
The 'fifth' wave
The future for shared services
The 'sixth' wave?