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Solihull council agree to service share.

SOLIHULL Council chiefs have agreed to continue to share services with neighbouring authorities to save cash.

SOLIHULL Council chiefs have agreed to continue to share services with neighbouring authorities to save cash.

The council approved a ‘Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)’ between Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire at last Thursday’s full cabinet meeting.

Members agreed the move to share some of its services with neighbouring councils Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, has so far been a success.

Leader of the council, Coun Ken Meeson, told members sharing services such as waste disposal and the mobile library service has proved a success.

He added: “This does not mean we give up our sovereignty - we will remain independent. This is about co operation where it makes sense.”

Coun Meeson stressed the agreement would not be exclusive.

He said: “This is an agreement in writing between the three of us but we can also go elsewhere if it is something that will benefit us.”

Coun Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said sharing the mobile library service has saved around £50,000.

She added: “I fully support this. The mobile library scheme is already working. This is a service that is used and no one wants to lose but it can be very expensive to run.”

Labour leader, Coun David Jameson, said there was ‘great potential’ for saving money.

The MoU will be presented to the cabinets of each authority for consideration and approval across all three authorities by mid February.

 

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