New joint council company set to 'save taxpayers millions'

Northwich Guardian: Cheshire East Council has joined forces with neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester Council to create a new company. Cheshire East Council has joined forces with neighbouring Cheshire West and Chester Council to create a new company.

A NEW company – formed and owned by neighbouring councils – has started trading with the aim of saving millions of pounds for Cheshire’s council taxpayers.

CoSocius Ltd, has been launched by Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils, to deliver essential business services to both local authorities and market services to outside organisations.

Transfer of contracts and more than 300 members of council staff from East and West – formerly working in Cheshire Shared Services providing payroll, payments and IT functions – become effective from May 1.

This will allow the company to sell services and solutions to other local authorities to improve productivity. This will then reduce the running costs for both Cheshire West and Cheshire East.

Sharing services over the past five years has already saved council taxpayers in East and West Cheshire in the region of £18m.

Once established the company is expected to generate savings in excess of £5m after the first five years, rising to £1.6m annually.

Both Deputy Leaders, together with Mike Suarez, Chief Executive of Cheshire East and Julie Gill, CWAC Director of Resources, will serve on a transitional board to oversee the crucial opening stage of the company’s operations.

An independent chairman will be appointed at a later stage.

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12:34pm Tue 8 Apr 14

L Byrne says...

A good start. Now lets combine every position in both councils where there is duplication starting with the chief executives and the flocks of directors and senior managers. It would save millions of pounds of taxpayers money every year which could be put to much better use.
A good start. Now lets combine every position in both councils where there is duplication starting with the chief executives and the flocks of directors and senior managers. It would save millions of pounds of taxpayers money every year which could be put to much better use. L Byrne
  • Score: 15

1:14pm Tue 8 Apr 14

AlanGH says...

The savings promised by this sharing of services highlight the costs incurred when East and West Cheshire were created. The taxpayer has been paying - and is still paying - the cost of creating the two Councils.
The savings promised by this sharing of services highlight the costs incurred when East and West Cheshire were created. The taxpayer has been paying - and is still paying - the cost of creating the two Councils. AlanGH
  • Score: 13

1:17pm Tue 8 Apr 14

DaveRoberts says...

The logical end to all this 'sharing' and 'co-operating' is the merging of the two councils. We already have a name and logo standing by ready for that day...
The logical end to all this 'sharing' and 'co-operating' is the merging of the two councils. We already have a name and logo standing by ready for that day... DaveRoberts
  • Score: 15

9:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

I am not a Trainspotter says...

Making CWAC and CE councils was the biggest mistake ever, If you live in Northwich Middlewich or Winsford. You are miles from where the decisions are being made and are very much the poor relative when it comes to any funding.
Making CWAC and CE councils was the biggest mistake ever, If you live in Northwich Middlewich or Winsford. You are miles from where the decisions are being made and are very much the poor relative when it comes to any funding. I am not a Trainspotter
  • Score: 10

3:00pm Wed 9 Apr 14

widge says...

I've got an idea, why not merge the two councils and call it, let me see,.....Cheshire County Council?
I've got an idea, why not merge the two councils and call it, let me see,.....Cheshire County Council? widge
  • Score: 7

8:01am Thu 10 Apr 14

Higgy40 says...

widge wrote:
I've got an idea, why not merge the two councils and call it, let me see,.....Cheshire County Council?
Now that sounds like a very good idea. One Councty, with one Council administering it, with one set of costs. I wonder why we didn't think of this before ?

The splitting of Cheshire County Council into two councils is just another example of the lunatics running the asylum.
[quote][p][bold]widge[/bold] wrote: I've got an idea, why not merge the two councils and call it, let me see,.....Cheshire County Council?[/p][/quote]Now that sounds like a very good idea. One Councty, with one Council administering it, with one set of costs. I wonder why we didn't think of this before ? The splitting of Cheshire County Council into two councils is just another example of the lunatics running the asylum. Higgy40
  • Score: 5

9:02am Fri 18 Apr 14

Winsfordresident says...

Cwac and CE were created for the greedy few at the top of these two orgaisations who rake in hundreds of thousands each. It never was and never has benefited the actual residents of Cheshire. Infact it has cost each one of us dearly.
Cwac and CE were created for the greedy few at the top of these two orgaisations who rake in hundreds of thousands each. It never was and never has benefited the actual residents of Cheshire. Infact it has cost each one of us dearly. Winsfordresident
  • Score: 1

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