Property sharing scheme to expand to more than 100 councils

4 Dec 15

Over 100 councils are to join a flagship public sector efficiency scheme that is intended to cut costs by sharing offices and rationalising the public estate.

Under the One Public Estate programme, 32 councils have already developed initiatives that are expected to deliver £129m in property sales and £77m in lower running costs over five years.

In an extension confirmed today, 24 local partnerships of 107 local authorities will now develop plans to share buildings and services in order to reduce running costs and release land to boost development.

Areas include the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Sheffield City Region, the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester, all places which have agreed devolution deals with government that include extra local powers over development.

Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock announced the 24 partnerships would share £31m in additional funding to develop and implement their improvement plans.

Welcoming the expansion, LGA chair Lord Porter said: “Through One Public Estate, councils have shown that they are perfectly placed to act as leaders of place and deliver effective cross-public-sector asset management.

“Councils are already the most efficient part of the public sector, and they have reaped impressive rewards for their communities through their leadership on the programme, unlocking land to create vital homes and jobs, helping services to work better together, and bringing in money while generating savings for the future.”

He added that a national expansion of One Public Estate would help to roll out those benefits to even more areas across the country.

“I’d like to see all councils signed up by 2018 to drive growth in their areas through the strong local leadership that we’ve already seen in the early phases of the programme,” Lord Porter stated. 

Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald highlighted that the programme has already helped the city bring central government and public bodies to the table to look at how to best manage public land and property. Now £340,000 of additional funding will allow this approach to be extended to the other five councils of the city region.

“By working across sectors and the region, it will allow us to deliver the big growth and service integration schemes that will have the biggest impact for the people of the city region,” Fitzgerald added.

The full list of authorities is:

PartnershipLocal authoritiesAllocation
Bedford and Central BedfordshireBedford Borough
Central Bedfordshire
£500,000
Cambridgeshire Making Assets Count PartnershipCambridge
Cambridgeshire
East Cambridgeshire
Fenland
Huntingdonshire
South Cambridgeshire
£280,000
Cheshire and Warrington LEPCheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester
Warrington Borough
£250,000
CornwallCornwall Council£470,000
D2N2Derby City
Derbyshire
Nottingham City
Nottinghamshire
£75,000
East Sussex and SurreyBrighton and Hove
East Sussex County
Eastbourne
Elmbridge Borough
Lewes
Surrey County Council
Surrey Heath
Woking
£100,000
Greater ManchesterBury
Manchester
Oldham
Rochdale
Salford
Stockport
Tameside
Trafford
Wigan
£250,000
HampshireEast Hampshire
Eastleigh Borough
Fareham Borough
Hampshire
Havant
New Forest
Test Valley Borough
Winchester City
£400,000
LeedsLeeds£100,000
LincolnshireBoston
East Lindsey
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
North East Lincolnshire
North Kesterven
North Lincolnshire
South Holland
South Kesterven
West Lindsey
£340,000
Liverpool City RegionHalton
Knowsley
Liverpool
Sefton
St Helens
Wirral
£340,000
London Borough of Barnet and West London AllianceBarnet
Brent
Harrow
£350,000
London Borough of BexleyBexley
Lewisham
£130,000
London Borough of CroydonCroydon£250,000
NorfolkBreckland
Broadland
Great Yarmouth
King's Lynn and West
Norfolk
North Norfolk
Norwich City
South Norfolk
£115,000
North East PartnershipGateshead
Newcastle
North Tyneside
Northumberland
£130,000
Place PartnershipRedditch
Worcester
Worcester County
£150,000
PlymouthPlymouth£420,000
Sheffield City RegionBarnsley
Bassetlaw
Bolsover
Chesterfield
Derbyshire Dales
Doncaster
North East Derbyshire
Rotherham
Sheffield
£140,000
Solent LEPPortsmouth
Southampton
£400,000
West Midlands Combined AuthorityBirmingham
Cannock Chase
Coventry
Dudley
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Sandwell
Solihull
Tamworth
Walsall
Wolverhampton
£150,000
Suffolk and West SuffolkForest Heath
St Edmundsbury
Suffolk County Council
£230,000
WiltshireWiltshire£350,000
City of YorkCity of York£250,000

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