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Published 22 February 2018

Councillors are to consider a proposal to share services with Inverclyde Council.

A report set to go before West Dunbartonshire Council on 5 March outlines an option to bring roads and transportation services from both councils together under the leadership of a single management team.

The plan has been developed to address duplication across both local authorities in systems and property and would also seek to deliver greater value for money for taxpayers and improve resilience. In addition, the proposal would provide opportunities for staff development as well as planning, resourcing and performance improvements.

Councillors had previously given officers the authority to establish a Joint Committee with Inverclyde and East Dunbartonshire Councils to explore how to bring services together and a working group was also established with trade union and senior managers from each Council to discuss developments. East Dunbartonshire has opted not to proceed with the arrangement which would see Inverclyde act as the lead authority in the partnership.

A number of public sector bodies across Scotland including other Councils are already collaborating to deliver services jointly.

Strategic Lead for Environment & Neighbourhood, Ronald Dinnie, said: “We had previously established the principle of working together across our council boundaries. We have been working on the detail of this arrangement and have had extensive consultation with our trade unions who have been actively involved in the process. A business case has been developed and we are now in a position to move forward with a formal arrangement with Inverclyde Council and it is now for Council to decide the way forward.”

Councillors will also be asked to approve the appointment of a senior officer to lead the project at Inverclyde Council.