Kingston Council shares legal services with 3 other boroughs

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By adam_leone | Friday, February 22, 2013, 15:35

In a bid to save £600,000 Kingston council is sharing legal services with three other councils.

It's the first for local government.

Kingston, Richmond, Merton and Sutton are sharing the load over the next four years.

Moving the legal team into one location will could mean fewer overheads and greater efficiency.

Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: "We are always looking at how we can deliver quality services while providing the best value for money for the taxpayer. We are the first to share legal services in this way across four boroughs.

Deputy Leader of Richmond Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources Councillor Geoffrey Samuel said: "Richmond and Merton established a shared legal service in September 2011 which has since proved a success."

Leader of Kingston Council Councillor Derek Osbourne, said: "Councils continue to face significant financial challenges and sharing support service functions is an effective way of reducing costs whilst at the same time improving services."

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