London councils agree joint ICT service

Written by Colin Marrs on 23 November 2015 in News
News

Two more London councils have agreed to create a joint ICT function in a move aimed at saving millions of pounds in revenue costs.

A meeting of the cabinet at London Borough of Brent last week approved plans to create the joint function with its south London counterpart Lewisham.

In a report to councillors, officers estimated that following a restructuring, Brent would save more than £1m a year over current costs. Brent has already agreed a target of reducing its overall IT spend by £1.62million a year.

Michael Pavey, Brent's deputy leader, said "This is an absolutely ground-breaking deal. It will save a huge amount of money whilst safeguarding an outstanding service.

“The Government have slashed our funding in half, but through creative work like this we can protect essential services for residents."


Related content

Councils to merge finance ICT
Case study: Immediate savings for Poole Borough Council


Other London councils - including Newham with Havering and Kingston with Sutton – have already agreed similar deals. In September, Islington and Camden announced plans to merge their services.

Under this deal, Brent and Lewisham will create a shared ICT services from April 2016, with Brent acting as host authority.

The arrangements will be governed by a joint committee with two elected members from each council overseeing a shared management board.

A joint head of digital services will be appointed before the merger in order to prepare for the shared service.

The shared service will be looking to provide services to more organisations going forward in order to reduce costs even further, the councils announced.

Under a separate arrangement already in place, Brent Council provides ICT services to the Local Government Association.

Share this page

Tags

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM READERS

Please login to post a comment or register for a free account.

Related Articles

Related Sponsored Articles

Augmented Intelligence: digital transformation with humans in the loop
20 August 2019

BT reviews an event looking at how man and machine are working together to drive digital transformation

Why you need to understand your application landscape before you transform your network
13 August 2019

Migrating to the cloud or moving to a future network can be a risky business. BT explains how managing applications is important for end user experience, productivity and for understanding and...

Build the network your business needs to thrive
6 August 2019

BT presents a new eGuide, looking at how to build infrastructure able to support growth both now and into the future 

Trends to Watch: Network Services
30 July 2019

BT spoke with Ovum's Brian Washburn about the network trends taking place in 2019, covering SD-WAN, NFV, hybrid networking and cloud connectivity services