GOVERNMENT ministers have awarded Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) money to reduce crime and tackle community safety issues.
CWaC will share £420,000 with Cheshire East Council, Halton Borough Council, Warrington Borough Council and the police, probation and fire services.
The money is part of a £6.9m initiative to overhaul how public bodies do business, as part of a government pledge to transform public services.
The organisations will increase shared leadership, create single service providers across the county, and co-locate existing teams who share the same types of work.
The Transformation Challenge Award is being used to speed up the integration of health care services, create shared finance and HR for emergency services, share assets such and buildings, and use existing data to provide more efficient services.
Local government minister Brandon Lewis said the award would support councils who are transforming the way services are delivered to achieve more for less.
He said: “While councils have a vital role to play in tackling the inherited deficit, the government has been clear councils should not close services. Instead councils should demonstrate the best in innovation and ministers will champion councils that successfully redesign services.
“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.”