Three Leicestershire councils plan to share services

Three Leicestershire councils are proposing to merge services in a bid to save almost £2m over six years.

Harborough District Council is in discussions with North West Leicestershire and Hinckley and Bosworth councils whether to share their benefit and revenue services.

Under the proposals the combined benefits and revenue team would be centralised in Hinckley.

The union Unite have yet to comment on the proposal.

The councils said the move would see savings on technology and staffing costs.

'Significant benefits'

Harborough District Council said the proposal would see no initial reduction to staff, with reassurances given to employees that there will be a "job for everyone" in the new structure.

It added the move would reduce the need to recruit staff from agencies.

Councillor Michael Rook, leader of Harborough District Council, said: "We have had to look hard at how we can reduce our costs, while offering an improved service for our residents.

"This has not been easy, however, by sharing services we can do just that, with significant benefits to the customer.

"We already share services at Harborough, including our legal, audit and parking teams, and it has proven extremely cost-effective."

The union Unite have yet to comment on the proposal.

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