Surrey and East Sussex councils join forces to 'save millions'

Surrey and East Sussex County Councils are planning to join forces in an attempt to bolster their buying power and save money.

The two local authorities are finalising a proposal to work together to drive harder bargains with suppliers they both use.

They claim their collective purchasing power will drive down shared costs by millions of pounds each year.

The partnership will be considered by East Sussex's cabinet on 24 July.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: "The public sector should be seen as a single team co-operating to save money wherever possible while continuing to provide excellent services."

Peter Jones, leader of East Sussex County Council, said: "By pooling our resources we will be able to drive better deals."

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