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Six London boroughs to unlock savings through shared services

7 August 2012

Six London boroughs are to benefit from significant operational savings after signing a large-scale shared service agreement.

Lambeth, Lewisham, Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Croydon and Havering councils have signed a four-year agreement with Capgemini that will scrap outdated IT systems in favour of a new shared infrastructure.

Economies of scale will be achieved by consolidating and unifying finance, procurement, HR and payroll functions, as well as eliminating unnecessary paperwork and streamlining processes.

Scheduled to go live in July 2013, the project is thought to be the most ambitious IT programme ever undertaken in the UK local government sector, setting a template for similar initiatives across the country.

Mike Suarez, executive director for finance and resources for Lambeth Council, said: "All councils share common support functions ... but we have our own ways of doing them. If we can use the same system, we will streamline our processes and save money without cutting services."

Earlier this week, NHS Scotland announced that the first phase of its financial systems shared services project has been accomplished successfully, with the complete rollout to be finalised in April 2013.

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Categories: Local Government, Public Sector

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