One of the growing trends in local government has been increased sharing of ‘back office’ functions between councils. It looks however as if Islington and Camden are about to take a big step beyond that as Richard Osley reports in the Camden New Journal:
Camden and Islington are to share a chief executive for the first time, the New Journal has learned. In a unique agreement, the authorities are set to be bonded by one top official. The strategy is part of attempts to cut down on costs.
As Richard Osley points out on his blog, it is an idea first floated earlier this year by Islington Lib Dem councillor Terry Stacy, so this proposal may get cross-party support.