Cotswolds could merge with other local authorities under shared service plan

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: CDC chief executive David Neudegg CDC chief executive David Neudegg

A RADICAL shake-up of local Government looks set to merge services in parts of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire in a bid to save more than £5million a year.

Under the proposals being considered this week, Cotswold, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire District Councils together with Cheltenham Borough Council, would transfer all staff to new companies which would be jointly owned by the four authorities.

It would mean there would be some job losses as a result but no need for large scale redundancies, CDC chief executive David Neudegg revealed this week.

He is one of the principle architects of the proposal and said services currently undertaken by the councils individually would be provided by the new companies and members of the public would notice no difference. It would deliver a combined estimated annual saving of £5.5million for the four authorities, he said.

It is not the first time joint working has been used to save money.

Mr Neudegg’s is chief executive of both Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Councils, and the two councils also share IT support.

By reducing the administration and running costs of the councils we can spend a bigger proportion of our budget on delivering the frontline services our communities need

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, leader of Forest of Dean District Council

Last year CDC partnered with Cheltenham to create waste company UBICO which now deals with household rubbish and recycling collections.

Mr Neudegg stressed that the independence of the individual councils will be unaffected and elected councillors will retain all their present powers and responsibilities.

Councils will continue to be in complete control of the services provided, advised by a small team of senior experts employed by the service-delivery company.

The estimated 15 per cent savings would mostly be from salaries, but also from bulk buying and pooling resources.

Precise staffing figures were not available to the Standard this week but by far the biggest chunk of any council’s budget is staffing costs and it is no secret that all public bodies are running scared of their future pension commitments.

New pension arrangements would be made for staff hired by the new companies although pensions for existing staff would be unchanged.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, leader of Cotswold District Council, said the proposal represented perhaps the most radical joint working approach in local government today.

“It is a proper, considered response to a challenge not only of how to best use a smaller and reducing public subsidy but also how to make best use of technology; how to encourage and use a competitive market and how to make smart use of managerial and other expertise,” he said.

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, leader of Forest of Dean District Council, added: “By reducing the administration and running costs of the councils we can spend a bigger proportion of our budget on delivering the frontline services our communities need, while keeping the democratic decision-making of local councillors intact.”

The document containing the proposal, 2020 Vision for Joint Working, is available on the councils’ websites and will discussed at the CDC cabinet meeting on June 5.

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6:29pm Wed 28 May 14

Olly Cromwell says...

It explain why Council staff still haven't managed to deliver a LOCAL housing plan for Cotswold district - they've been too busy attending those 'visionary' awaydays where they are inspired to dream about working for Limited Companies which can never be held accountable or subjected to silly nonsense like FOI requests.

Localism is officially dead
It explain why Council staff still haven't managed to deliver a LOCAL housing plan for Cotswold district - they've been too busy attending those 'visionary' awaydays where they are inspired to dream about working for Limited Companies which can never be held accountable or subjected to silly nonsense like FOI requests. Localism is officially dead Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 6

8:22pm Wed 28 May 14

Susie Clark says...

No wonder so many voters turned away from Lib Dems last week. .Here we have criticism of a council - a number of councils, in fact, including Lib Dem controlled Cheltenham - who are aiming to save taxpayers money and reducing the size of the taxpayer funded public sector. But here's our Olly resisting change , in the same way as his Lib Dem colleagues resist change in Europe , so as to keep the bureaucrats well fed - perhaps he aspires to be one himself one day, following his hero Nick Clegg.
No wonder so many voters turned away from Lib Dems last week. .Here we have criticism of a council - a number of councils, in fact, including Lib Dem controlled Cheltenham - who are aiming to save taxpayers money and reducing the size of the taxpayer funded public sector. But here's our Olly resisting change , in the same way as his Lib Dem colleagues resist change in Europe , so as to keep the bureaucrats well fed - perhaps he aspires to be one himself one day, following his hero Nick Clegg. Susie Clark
  • Score: 1

9:18pm Wed 28 May 14

esse quam viderie says...

Susie says "....perhaps he aspires to be one himself one day...."

Just like your friend Julie Girling? When she was leader at CDC didn't she say that she thought that the EU was an anathema that she wanted nothing to do with?
Susie says "....perhaps he aspires to be one himself one day...." Just like your friend Julie Girling? When she was leader at CDC didn't she say that she thought that the EU was an anathema that she wanted nothing to do with? esse quam viderie
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Wed 28 May 14

Geoff66 says...

Well if they are looking for some heads to roll, then why look any further than at the entire Planning department, who appear to be a total waste of space.
Well if they are looking for some heads to roll, then why look any further than at the entire Planning department, who appear to be a total waste of space. Geoff66
  • Score: 11

11:48pm Wed 28 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Page 15 of the 2020 Vision Document.
Shared Services.
"Total savings produced to date as a result of the various joint working initiatives are estimated to be in excess of £2.9m per annum."

The telling words here are"estimated" and " in excess of". In politico babble this means the figures have not been audited and if they were in "excess of " the £2.9m It is certain that this false modesty would be overtaken by political ambitions with the statement over £3million saved !

The motivation for this latest "fairy story" is the desire to improve services and it has nothing to do with next years Elections.of course......

The Local Housing Plan was delayed to benefit Developers .The stink from the Water Parkgate still lingers...Time for a complete change from the lies and corruption.....
Page 15 of the 2020 Vision Document. Shared Services. "Total savings produced to date as a result of the various joint working initiatives are estimated to be in excess of £2.9m per annum." The telling words here are"estimated" and " in excess of". In politico babble this means the figures have not been audited and if they were in "excess of " the £2.9m It is certain that this false modesty would be overtaken by political ambitions with the statement over £3million saved ! The motivation for this latest "fairy story" is the desire to improve services and it has nothing to do with next years Elections.of course...... The Local Housing Plan was delayed to benefit Developers .The stink from the Water Parkgate still lingers...Time for a complete change from the lies and corruption..... Col Mustard
  • Score: 5

4:17am Thu 29 May 14

Union Man says...

This is typical CDC fantasy, when has Newdegg ever delivered?, apart from the Council Tax reduction this year, and the one the year before? What credibility can a man who has steadfastly refused to reduce car parking charges that hard pressed Churn Valley villagers and Chesterton residents are forced to pay if they don't want to walk or cycle to the wide variety of Nick Nack Charity and Coffee shops that is Cirencester town centre.
When will Stowe and his cronies deliver a real reduction in the number of councillors, apart from next year?
No Lib Dems know all the answers, listen to Col Mustard, Lib Dems are on the rise, 2nd in the Cotswolds in 2011, 3rd in 2014, with a real push they can come in a solid 4th in 2015 equalling their SW performance in 2014 where they were thrashed by the Greens. Cut the savings. Vote LIb Dem.
This is typical CDC fantasy, when has Newdegg ever delivered?, apart from the Council Tax reduction this year, and the one the year before? What credibility can a man who has steadfastly refused to reduce car parking charges that hard pressed Churn Valley villagers and Chesterton residents are forced to pay if they don't want to walk or cycle to the wide variety of Nick Nack Charity and Coffee shops that is Cirencester town centre. When will Stowe and his cronies deliver a real reduction in the number of councillors, apart from next year? No Lib Dems know all the answers, listen to Col Mustard, Lib Dems are on the rise, 2nd in the Cotswolds in 2011, 3rd in 2014, with a real push they can come in a solid 4th in 2015 equalling their SW performance in 2014 where they were thrashed by the Greens. Cut the savings. Vote LIb Dem. Union Man
  • Score: -3

6:33am Thu 29 May 14

Col Mustard says...

An good example of the LibDems complete inability to organise anything
is illustrated by the Oakshott Coup. Cable lying through his teeth,
Clegg in denial on everything and yet another TV lecture appearance due
of the sycophant Paddy "Pantsdow"....

If they were Turkey's they would for Ash Wednesday not Christmas !
Also what is it about Libdems and sex scandals? They
are worse than the Tories!
An good example of the LibDems complete inability to organise anything is illustrated by the Oakshott Coup. Cable lying through his teeth, Clegg in denial on everything and yet another TV lecture appearance due of the sycophant Paddy "Pantsdow".... If they were Turkey's they would for Ash Wednesday not Christmas ! Also what is it about Libdems and sex scandals? They are worse than the Tories! Col Mustard
  • Score: -1

6:37am Thu 29 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Col Mustard wrote:
An good example of the LibDems complete inability to organise anything
is illustrated by the Oakshott Coup. Cable lying through his teeth,
Clegg in denial on everything and yet another TV lecture appearance due
of the sycophant Paddy "Pantsdow"....

If they were Turkey's they would for Ash Wednesday not Christmas !
Also what is it about Libdems and sex scandals? They
are worse than the Tories!
Apologies for typo
Should read "Pantsdown" and

"they would vote for Ash Wednesday"

Microsoft spell check is rubbish
[quote][p][bold]Col Mustard[/bold] wrote: An good example of the LibDems complete inability to organise anything is illustrated by the Oakshott Coup. Cable lying through his teeth, Clegg in denial on everything and yet another TV lecture appearance due of the sycophant Paddy "Pantsdow".... If they were Turkey's they would for Ash Wednesday not Christmas ! Also what is it about Libdems and sex scandals? They are worse than the Tories![/p][/quote]Apologies for typo Should read "Pantsdown" and "they would vote for Ash Wednesday" Microsoft spell check is rubbish Col Mustard
  • Score: 2

1:36pm Thu 29 May 14

Crispin Mount says...

The last time there was a 'merger' of this significance Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe (Con - Chipping Campden) sent his son on covert operations into West Oxfordshire District Council to impressively beat 102 other firms, and win a lucrative tourist brochure printing contract for his family business.

Nice work....
The last time there was a 'merger' of this significance Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe (Con - Chipping Campden) sent his son on covert operations into West Oxfordshire District Council to impressively beat 102 other firms, and win a lucrative tourist brochure printing contract for his family business. Nice work.... Crispin Mount
  • Score: 5

12:02pm Fri 30 May 14

Rex Cooper says...

Why this contrived combination of four diverse authorities which cross existing boundaries ? Why don't CDC do the obvious thing - abolish themselves and divide their responsibilities and funds between Gloucestershire County Council and Town Councils. All over the country the best way to streamline local government is to take one tier out entirely.
CDC's current hairbrained scheme is intended to frustrate that liklihood
Why this contrived combination of four diverse authorities which cross existing boundaries ? Why don't CDC do the obvious thing - abolish themselves and divide their responsibilities and funds between Gloucestershire County Council and Town Councils. All over the country the best way to streamline local government is to take one tier out entirely. CDC's current hairbrained scheme is intended to frustrate that liklihood Rex Cooper
  • Score: 4

12:07pm Fri 30 May 14

Rex Cooper says...

Union Man wrote:
This is typical CDC fantasy, when has Newdegg ever delivered?, apart from the Council Tax reduction this year, and the one the year before? What credibility can a man who has steadfastly refused to reduce car parking charges that hard pressed Churn Valley villagers and Chesterton residents are forced to pay if they don't want to walk or cycle to the wide variety of Nick Nack Charity and Coffee shops that is Cirencester town centre.
When will Stowe and his cronies deliver a real reduction in the number of councillors, apart from next year?
No Lib Dems know all the answers, listen to Col Mustard, Lib Dems are on the rise, 2nd in the Cotswolds in 2011, 3rd in 2014, with a real push they can come in a solid 4th in 2015 equalling their SW performance in 2014 where they were thrashed by the Greens. Cut the savings. Vote LIb Dem.
I've read this three times - and still don't understand what it says. Why must writers be so obtuse ? - It isn't clever
[quote][p][bold]Union Man[/bold] wrote: This is typical CDC fantasy, when has Newdegg ever delivered?, apart from the Council Tax reduction this year, and the one the year before? What credibility can a man who has steadfastly refused to reduce car parking charges that hard pressed Churn Valley villagers and Chesterton residents are forced to pay if they don't want to walk or cycle to the wide variety of Nick Nack Charity and Coffee shops that is Cirencester town centre. When will Stowe and his cronies deliver a real reduction in the number of councillors, apart from next year? No Lib Dems know all the answers, listen to Col Mustard, Lib Dems are on the rise, 2nd in the Cotswolds in 2011, 3rd in 2014, with a real push they can come in a solid 4th in 2015 equalling their SW performance in 2014 where they were thrashed by the Greens. Cut the savings. Vote LIb Dem.[/p][/quote]I've read this three times - and still don't understand what it says. Why must writers be so obtuse ? - It isn't clever Rex Cooper
  • Score: 1

1:07pm Fri 30 May 14

Susie Clark says...

I see from Crispin Mount's comments that the Lib Dems can't tear themselves away from disgraced Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard's strategy for activists - unfounded accusations,totally unproven innuendos and subjects quite irrelevant to the main picture. Still, if 1/2 the party wants to sack Nick Clegg and the other half to sack Vince Cable , there will only be Crispin and Olly Cromwell left.
I see from Crispin Mount's comments that the Lib Dems can't tear themselves away from disgraced Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard's strategy for activists - unfounded accusations,totally unproven innuendos and subjects quite irrelevant to the main picture. Still, if 1/2 the party wants to sack Nick Clegg and the other half to sack Vince Cable , there will only be Crispin and Olly Cromwell left. Susie Clark
  • Score: -2

4:43pm Fri 30 May 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Crispin Mount wrote:
The last time there was a 'merger' of this significance Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe (Con - Chipping Campden) sent his son on covert operations into West Oxfordshire District Council to impressively beat 102 other firms, and win a lucrative tourist brochure printing contract for his family business.

Nice work....
Lovely Stuff .......
[quote][p][bold]Crispin Mount[/bold] wrote: The last time there was a 'merger' of this significance Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe (Con - Chipping Campden) sent his son on covert operations into West Oxfordshire District Council to impressively beat 102 other firms, and win a lucrative tourist brochure printing contract for his family business. Nice work....[/p][/quote]Lovely Stuff ....... Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Esmond Jenkins says...

As some will know , I very publicly took issue with the senior management regime at CDC under Mr Neudegg.
Let's be very clear CDC's senior hierarchy under Neudegg turned a very deliberate "blind eye" to the fraudulent dealings in the Water Park, they did so over a sustained period of time. They did so because they judged taking action was not in their best career interests.
Why so ? Well very simply ... because they considered their employers to be the senior Councillors who were actively plying their trade with the "businessmen" at the very centre ot the Water Park scandal.

Nothing has changed , the same individuals are still there . Can we trust in Mr Neudegg and his team to serve the taxpayer ......I think not.

Councillor Esmond Jenkins
As some will know , I very publicly took issue with the senior management regime at CDC under Mr Neudegg. Let's be very clear CDC's senior hierarchy under Neudegg turned a very deliberate "blind eye" to the fraudulent dealings in the Water Park, they did so over a sustained period of time. They did so because they judged taking action was not in their best career interests. Why so ? Well very simply ... because they considered their employers to be the senior Councillors who were actively plying their trade with the "businessmen" at the very centre ot the Water Park scandal. Nothing has changed , the same individuals are still there . Can we trust in Mr Neudegg and his team to serve the taxpayer ......I think not. Councillor Esmond Jenkins Esmond Jenkins
  • Score: 3

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