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THE need for authorities to work together to save money and help cut the NHS bill were discussed at a conference yesterday.

Community leaders came together for the public sector transformation event at Hampshire County Council’s headquarters in Winchester.

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, a guest speaker, stressed that in times of cuts it was important local councils and the emergency services teamed up more to spread the workload and avoid doubling up.

She said around £4m a year was already being saved on ‘backroom staff’ thanks to collaborative working.

It was identified that the county council is working with the Isle of Wight to deliver children’s services in order to lessen the financial burden.

An emphasis was also put on freeing up hospital beds and providing more care in the community to ease the strain on the NHS.

Talking about authorities sharing more responsibilities, Ms Mordaunt said: ‘This is a big initiative.

‘There are excellent examples of transformative approaches to draw on.’