Councils save over £1.5 million

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PARTNERSHIP working by three north Derbyshire councils has saved more than £2.8 million in the past five years.

Bolsover District, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire District councils have teamed up to share resources and expertise and jointly deliver some services.

They have been working together in areas such as procurement, internal audit, information technology and building control.

They have saved more than £1.2m in the last two years by joining forces to buy goods and services, from paper clips to furniture.

The ‘burgundy bin’ recycling scheme partnership, launched in May this year, is set to increase the amount of waste recycled and save £400,000 each year.

And the joint buying of computer licences and IT maintenance contracts has already saved £36,500 in its first year.

North East Derbyshire Council leader Coun Graham Baxter said: “By working more closely in partnership in new and ever more ambitious ways, we can continue to safeguard our essential, high quality services.”

Chesterfield Council leader Coun John Burrows said the partnership was not just about saving money.

He said: “The partner councils have a real spirit of innovation and performance, and through collaboration we can share this knowledge and expertise so we make a real difference to our residents.”