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More Bexley council services could merge with Croydon and Bromley

PUBLISHED: 22:05 21 October 2011

Teresa O'Neill

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»More job cuts are possible as Town Hall bosses discuss with Croydon and Bromley councils the merging of more services.

Bexley leader Teresa O’Neill was forced to admit chiefs are looking at combining other services after the leader in Bromley publicly announced on Monday that he is looking at mergers.

This comes after bosses at Bexley and Bromley moved forward plans to merge their library service.

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It was due to happen in April next year but will now take place in January when 71 posts will become 36 across both boroughs.

In July, 24 workers lost their jobs in Bexley after the mobile library service was axed.

A spokesman for Bexley Council refused to say which other services could be amalgamated or if it would mean more job losses, as it was the early stages.

Ms O’Neill said: “We are discussing the potential for reducing our costs by sharing services with Bromley and Croydon councils.

“We are also working to transfer the management of our Registry Office to Kent County Council.

“Making savings like these has an important part to play in our strategic plans to protect key services, particularly for those in most need, and to keep our council tax down.

“Plans for sharing the management of our library service with Bromley are running ahead of schedule and are set to take effect in the New Year.

“Other discussions are at an early stage, but we are keen to explore the benefits of working with others wherever we think it will benefit our residents.”

Bromley leader Stephen Carr said his council were considering merging property, legal departments and special education needs transport. He admitted that there would be cuts to frontline services and jobs.

He added: “Absolutely everything will have to change. There isn’t anything that we’re not looking at.

“We are now at a point where it is very challenging to find further efficiency and what are known as back office savings.”

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