Councils vote to share bosses

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MONEY-saving co-operation between two north Derbyshire councils has gone a step further with the announcement they will share a chief executive and senior managers.

North East Derbyshire and Bolsover Councils say the move will save £1.5 million each year, which would otherwise have to be taken from services.

But the authorities say they will keep their own separate geographical, administrative and political identities, and local people will continue to receive services from their respective council.

Coun Graham Baxter, North East Derbyshire Council leader, said: “This is an historic moment for Bolsover and North East Derbyshire. Both areas are facing unprecedented cuts to their funding, and this partnership will enable us to continue to support our communities by safeguarding essential, high quality services.”