A good meeting this evening, up in Saffron Walden, with members of Harlow Council and Uttlesford Council working as a Joint Committee, to drive forward the planned project to share our Revenues and Benefits services.

Uttlesford Council have an interesting convention, where they allow some time at the start of the meeting for members of the public/staff etc to say what they want about the agenda before the committee. It was interesting therefore to hear the views of three members of staff.

Overall they were broadly supportive about the move, although worried about job losses and concerned there be no loss of service to the users of the offices. The latter is of course something the politicians of both councils have said they don’t want to see either.

The Joint Committee looks like it could have a lot of work, but will be an enjoyable foray into how else we can share services with other councils.

Good news!

The Revs & Bens Partnership, that I have blogged about before, with Uttlesford Council was agreed unanimously by Harlow Council tonight.

It was very wonderful to have the other parties support our idea to save the council money. It doesn’t happen often which makes it all the more pleasurable.