A new report, requested by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) to review its Tri-borough partnership with Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea, has called for enhanced joint working and further integration of its existing ICT systems.
Inadequate infrastructure, which means staff are working from “largely independent and separate IT and support systems”, must be addressed in order to improve council collaboration.
The report says: “In order for the three boroughs to continue to work together, current systems and applications are inadequate to serve the operations they are in place to support. The digital agenda needs to be embraced more fully and systems need to be aligned so that they support staff in smooth working among the three boroughs.”
The authority’s leader councillor Stephen Cowan said: “Sharing services with more councils could save us money and exchange good practice. We don’t want others to be put off because they think Hammersmith & Fulham belongs to a closed and exclusive ‘Tri-borough’ arrangement. I hope this report marks the start of a new generation of shared services that includes the three Councils but reaches across London and delivers better savings, greater value and services that work for residents.”
Leaders of all three authorities have been encouraged to decide on how to proceed with the plans no later than the end of 2014.