Yorkshire Councils predict £1.6m joint savings

Friday August 12th, 2011

Councils in Yorkshire have signed an agreement to create a joint legal services framework with the aim of saving around 1.6m a year.

Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils have signed up to the ‘WYLAW’ agreement to share expertise and resources between their respective legal teams.

A memorandum of understanding has now been signed at City Hall in Bradford committing the five organisations to working together on a number of fronts, including a shared electronic hub of information, joint procurement of external law firms or panels, a reduction of the number of locums and agency staff and recruitment of new staff on the understanding they will work across the different councils.

Bradford Council leader Ian Greenwood said: “The aim of this agreement is to work together to provide effective legal support to the five authorities at a lower overall cost. It’ll help to reduce costs to Bradford council-tax payers and contribute to the savings required in the council, in the context of public sector funding cuts.”

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