Action call over councils sharing services

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Glen Miller Coun Glen Miller

The leaders of the various Conservative groups from across the five West Yorkshire councils have issued a joint call for urgent action regarding the sharing of back-office services across the authorities.

Councillor Glen Miller, the leader of Bradford’s Tories, is among the group leaders urging a model of working similar to that developed by the Greater Manchester councils to be adopted.

In a joint statement, the opposition leaders said: “It has become apparent during the latest round of budget preparations, that the five councils are not taking on board the potential savings that are available from sharing services.

“There is only minimal work in this area.

“The next few years are going to require councils to make decisions on how they balance their budgets and the West Yorkshire councils are basically going to be left with a choice of sharing services, or deciding which services they stop providing to the public.”

Bradford Council is due to determine its budget for 2013-14 on Thursday.

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