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Scottish police 'have shown benefits of shared services and procurement'
Shared services and procurement could hold the key to significant savings by Scottish police and other forces across the rest of the UK, it has been claimed.
The Guardian reports a bill to create a nationwide, unified police force in Scotland could save the taxpayer up to ten per cent of the current cost of policing in the country.
At present, policing costs £1.4 billion per annum in Scotland, but the government is now putting through plans that could result in a £140 million saving each year from 2018-19.
This new organisational structure will go live from April 1st 2013 and could deliver savings of a full year's expenditure after 15 years, taking into account £234 million of investment, redundancy and other costs associated with the shift in policy.
Scottish cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil recently said: "More effective and efficient public services will play a key economic and social role in Scotland's future and public procurement is an important lever for change."
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