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Local councils win praise for collaborative procurement

30 December 2011

A partnership of eight local authorities has won praise for the success of their collaborative procurement schemes in recent months.

The councils for Bromsgrove, Malvern, North Warwickshire, Redditch, Warwick District, Worcester, Wychavon and Wyre Forest were lauded after being named runners-up for the 2011 Society of Purchasing Officers' award for outstanding achievement in procurement.

Through the use of a shared services model, the councils have been able to save £4.5 million of taxpayers' money since 2006, including £1.7 million on insurance services and £500,000 on trade waste collection.

Leader of Bromsgrove District Council Roger Hollingworth said this shows how authorities can work together to achieve savings, without being tied together politically.

"Councils across the West Midlands continue to cooperate to achieve better results … and I'd like to encourage other councils in the area to consider getting involved with our collaborative procurement," he added.

This comes after the Local Government Association published a study earlier this month showing that shared services are delivering savings of £156.5 million across the public sector.

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