For the past few weeks, we’ve been working with two councils and their partners (fire, police, NHS, third sector, universities etc) in the region, looking at opportunities to increase collaboration between the two areas, saving money and improving outcomes for residents along the way.

As anyone who was involved in the Total Place initiative will no doubt recall, the scale of the opportunity is at times overwhelming. Done properly, opportunities such as this could instigate a step change in service delivery at the local level, removing duplication and increasing efficiency.

In that classic local government style, we’ve started our work by speaking to the people involved in each organisation, and by looking at what other areas across the UK are doing with partners. In the interests of partnership, we thought we’d share some of the case studies we’ve found so far – please do get in touch if you know of any others!

Back office shared services

  • Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary have merged  procurement, research and analysis, ICT, finance and payroll, human resources and occupational health and wellbeing to deliver combined savings of up to £4million each year


Asset management

  • Worcestershire County Council and partners in the area (including, but not limited to, NHS, Police, Church of England, JobCentrePlus and District Councils) are exploring the potential of developing an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) to enable partners in the county to jointly manage their collective estate, building a “one Town” local approach to asset management


  • All 17 local authorities in Essex, along with Central Government Essex Police, Essex Fire & Rescue and the NHS are sharing property data to identify potential collaborative opportunities


Data sharing


  • An economic analysis of the Cardiff  Violence Prevention Programme, which has seen the emergency department at  the University Hospital of Wales share information about violent injuries with  the police, found that the scheme saved almost £7m in just one year


  • Ealing Council, police, fire brigade, Job Centre Plus, and the voluntary sector are now sharing data from various information sources such as the census, indices of multiple deprivation and the NHS on a ward or area basis using a tool called “Ealing insight”, which is being used to inform local strategies and specific projects



  1. Thanks for sharing; there are a few case studies (and more being developed) on the data sharing side of things at – a publicly funded project to capture this sort of good practice. We’re interested in the information sharing needed to design, deliver and evaluate services (including back office services), so maybe we could chat about sharing what you’ve learnt too?

    1. Yes sounds really interesting – I’m at if you want to get in touch!

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