By Connie Osborne Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 09:51
MAJOR changes to the way public buildings are managed are planned as part of a groundbreaking new scheme.
Worcestershire County Council has been given £400,000 by the Government which will be used to help create a shared asset management service.
It involves the creation of a stand-alone company that would be owned by the organisations involved and to act on their behalf.
The outline business case is still being put together so few details have been released but effectively it will mean all of the county's public assets - such as community buildings and empty shop units - will be treated as one single estate instead.
Redditch Borough Council is involved in helping to flesh out the scheme but has yet to sign up.
Council bosses say not only will it save money and protect frontline services, it will also get rid of buildings which are under performing, reduce running costs, and also bring more business into the county by releasing buildings.
Although it is still in its early stages, the hope is all of the councils within the county will commit to the scheme. If successful it will see the county council become the first to set up a shared asset management service of this kind.
Coun John Campion, responsible for transformation and commissioning on the council, said: "We are absolutely delighted to win this award.
"It is recognition we are doing things differently. The award recognises that Worcestershire County Council is an organisation that is committed to providing the best possible services to the residents of the county with less money."
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis, who announced the council had been rewarded for their radical business overhaul, said: "The tide of change that began with chief executives and sharing management teams is now going further to include shared service delivery across council boundaries. These reforms will be key to protecting services while reducing costs to the taxpayer."
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