18 October 2011

October 2011 sees the first anniversary of LGSS, the shared service set up by Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils to deliver business support services.

One year since its launch, LGSS is now an £83m business providing best practice services to the public sector.

As well as achieving £11m banked savings this year through LGSS, the councils have also benefitted from:

* A 2011 LGC award-winning finance team supporting 850 budget managers with net operating budgets of £773m

* Organisational development and human resource experts that provide services to 30,000 employees and deal with all recognised public sector unions

* A property and asset management team, which currently manages a portfolio of more than 1000 properties and assets valued at £1.8 billion

* A specialist category management procurement team dealing with £750m of contract negotiations

* An accomplished payroll team who provide 14 payrolls for over 54,000 people

* Transactional processes based on world leading Oracle ERP systems, for example processing 720,000 invoices per annum

* A pensions team who currently support over 24,000 pensioners

* IT services at the lowest cost per user of any UK county council

* A Lexcel accredited legal service offering both specialism and depth

Chair of the LGSS Joint Committee and Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Nick Clarke said: “This has been a great first year for LGSS and we look forward to even greater success in the coming years. 30% of the LGSS turnover is currently from business outside of the two councils and we are looking to expand on this in future years by working with a greater number of public sector organisations.”

Vice chair of the LGSS Joint Committee and Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for LGSS, Cllr Andrew Langley said: “We have proved the case for sharing services and are actively engaging with other public sector organisations to see how LGSS could benefit them. As LGSS grows so will the economies of scale and all parties will benefit from the reduced costs.”