On 1 October 2016, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils launched a Shared Staffing Arrangement, which will deliver substantial savings to preserve front-line services.
The new Shared Staffing Arrangement is a single staffing structure across the two boroughs, delivering estimated savings of up to £10 million per year for local tax payers in each authority. Both Councils have reduced their budgets since 2010, but significant savings are still required as local government makes its contribution to reducing the national budget deficit.
Initially the focus was on merging management structures, reducing duplication and the proportion of spending that goes on senior management. In the longer term there will be opportunities for further savings to reduce overheads; for example, negotiating better deals from suppliers when commissioning services.
Since 1 October, the two Councils are now managed by a single Chief Executive, Paul Martin, and a Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources, Mark Maidment. This new structure will be fully implemented following the retirement of Chris Buss (current Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance at Wandsworth) in early 2017.
Wandsworth and Richmond Councils continue to be separate sovereign bodies with their own elected Councillors, Cabinets and Leaders, maintaining their distinct identities and retaining the ability to develop policies and priorities that matter to their local residents.
We have produced a number of responses to questions regarding the Shared Staffing Arrangement.
Updated: 20 October 2016