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Buckinghamshire councils win 325,000 pounds for pathfinder programme

Archived press release

Date Published: 24/10/07

Buckinghamshire councils are to benefit from £325,000 worth of government funding to help provide better, more cost-effective services for local council taxpayers. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is supporting a &...

Buckinghamshire councils are to benefit from £325,000 worth of government funding to help provide better, more cost-effective services for local council taxpayers.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is supporting a ‘pathfinder’ programme which will enable all four district councils and the county council to explore ways of working closer together that will help deliver further benefits to local residents.

The councils were awarded pathfinder status by the government in July 2007. Buckinghamshire is one of only five areas to achieve this status and the pathfinder programme will be used as an example of best practice to other parts of the country where there are two tiers of local government.

The programme includes a number of projects that will outline the options for joining up council services to create greater efficiencies and lower costs to council taxpayers.

The grant will be used to support the following projects:
• A review of internal functions such as personnel, accountancy, payroll, IT and legal services
• A customer services project to provide a county-wide integrated ‘tell us once’ service
• A programme of events to involve staff and elected members from the five councils
 
A Joint Improvement Board, made up of representatives of each council, will oversee the projects and make recommendations about which options to implement. 

Examples of joint working already in place are community safety partnerships, the Bucks Waste Partnership and the Bucks Sports Partnership.
                                                                     
Councillor Bill Chapple, Chairman of the Joint Improvement Board, said: “Pathfinder is about the councils in Buckinghamshire working in closer partnership to provide better and more efficient public services that our customers can easily access. This government grant will help our five councils to explore ways of improving service delivery through increased joint working and providing greater value for money for council taxpayers in the process. This is a wonderful opportunity and we will all work hard to ensure it is a success.”

 

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk