Hampshire County Council saves millions of pounds by sharing offices

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SHARING buildings is saving Hampshire County Council £2m a year, officials have said.

It said it is making taxpayers’ money go further by reducing running costs and energy consumption.

Among a number of shared offices is The Plaza in Havant, which is now the home of 330 county council staff, working alongside 300 colleagues from Havant Borough Council.

Meanwhile, in Fareham and Gosport, officials said there is a ‘significant programme’ being planned to bring services together.

Councillor Mel Kendal, in charge of income at the Winchester-based authority, said: ‘The results demonstrate the success of Hampshire’s proactive approach to reshaping services and making assets work to their optimum capacity.

‘Workstyle has already transformed the way office space is used, driving out millions of pounds in efficiencies and increasing our resilience in these challenging times for local government.

‘It’s changing our working relationships with other public, private and voluntary bodies so the public get better, joined up, more cost-effective services in the right place at the right time.

‘It’s making a major contribution to our savings targets, maintaining our strong financial position, and helped us keep council tax at the lowest level in the south east.’

The authority is on track to save a total of £230m since 2008 through efficiencies.