Norfolk

Norfolk council leader to share services to cut costs

Norfolk County Council is to look at sharing services and administration with local authorities, the NHS and other public bodies to cut costs.

Council leader Derrick Murphy will head the new initiative for the Conservative-controlled authority.

"We need to change the way we deliver services and the only way to meet that challenge is head-on, by reviewing what we do and the way we do it," he said.

He added they hoped some "positives" would come out of the joining forces.

"Through this new portfolio, which I will lead, I will push forward the agenda for shared services and back room functions to see if there is a more efficient way of working to deliver essential savings," he said.

The county has pegged its council tax at its current level next year and has proposed potential savings of around £150m.

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