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South Cambs and Cambridge join forces to tackle funding cuts

As councils struggle to cope with cuts in central Government funding, a positive initiative will lead to shared services between Labour run Cambridge city and Conservative run South Cambs district.

In January the two councils will look to save funds by sharing their financial departments. Read more of the detail on the city council website here.

Cllr Carina O’Reilly, Labour Deputy Leader of the City Council, said: “Given the financial challenges councils are currently facing due to the reduction in government funding, we need to look at sharing services where it makes sense to do so.

“By joining forces with our neighbours at South Cambridgeshire on a shared Finance service we can reduce the councils’ costs by removing bureaucracy, and standardising the systems used across both councils.”

John Beresford, South Cambridgeshire Labour Party chairman, said: "We're going to see devastating cuts at county council level in the coming years which will affect some of the most vulnerable in our society - all because of the Tories' austerity drive. And South Cambs District Council is feeling the pinch too.

“Our local politicians really have to think of ways to save our valuable services and this is a sensible initiative. But there is very little slack in the system, and the only way we can ensure local people have homes, transport links and robust services, as well as support being available for the vulnerable, is for a realistic settlement based on the needs of the people, not the ideology of the elite."




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