Councils look to share resources

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 September 2013

North Somerset Council.

North Somerset Council.

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COUNCIL leaders across Somerset have agreed to work more closely together with the aim of improving services and making savings.

The leaders and chief executives of North Somerset Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council and Somerset County Council have agreed to look at opportunities for pooling their resources and skills.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton said: “We all face the same increasing funding pressures, and the time is right to explore more opportunities to work together.

“We have already shown with our joint project to bring superfast broadband to the region that we can help each other achieve shared ambitions.

“We are now starting to look at a variety of projects in the short, medium and long-term where we might be able to work more closely, making the best use of the skills and resources we have.

“Coupled with the financial challenges we all face, we also share a rising demand for services such as looking after vulnerable adults and children, so now more than ever we must explore every opportunity.”

Graham Turner, North Somerset’s chief executive, said the meeting had been productive.

He said: “Everyone is in agreement that closer working makes sense. We can build on the highly successful projects we have all supported in the past and I’m sure there are important areas where a joined-up approach will be of significant benefit.”

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