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Selby and North Yorkshire Councils Work Together to Deal with Cuts


2:18pm 21st January 2013

North Yorkshire County Council and Selby District Council are embarking on a project to work closer together to deliver services for residents and businesses in the area.

Over the next three months, Martin Connor, Chief Executive of Selby District Council, will be working at the County Council two days a week, to share his knowledge and expertise to see how both authorities can collaborate on delivering their services. 

Both councils are entering this project on equal footing, with each retaining their own chief executive, although Mr Connor will become a designated assistant chief executive at the County, with no extra cost to the County Council.

Councillor Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council, said, "This is an opportunity for closer working between the two councils and is the next logical step to the changes that we've already introduced in Selby over the last two years.  We retain democratic choice and accountability, but it makes sense to look at how we deliver our services together, whilst reducing the cost."

Councillor John Weighell, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said, "Both authorities face some significant financial pressures and by working closely with one of our district councils we are hoping that this project will prove what can be achieved with better collaboration - improving how we deliver services to residents in the Selby area, whilst making best use of taxpayers' money."

The project will involve looking at both the back office and support functions, but also the delivery of frontline services.  It will be looking at providing better resilience for both councils, whilst sharing knowledge and expertise.  In testing this model, staff in both organisations will be working together more closely to see how this collaboration might be used to improve services for residents and businesses.

The conclusion of the project in March 2013 will be considered by both councils, and a decision will be taken on whether to pursue this project further.

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