Two councillors pick up award for creating savings with shared staffing at St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath

Cllr Stephen Edwards, left, and David Ray. ANL-141003-161749001
Cllr Stephen Edwards, left, and David Ray. ANL-141003-161749001
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Two councillors have won an award for helping save two local authorities millions of pounds.

Cllr Stephen Edwards from Forest Heath District Council and Cllr Dave Ray from St Edmundsbury Borough Council won a joint award for oustanding contribution to financial performance from the Local Government Information Unit.

They worked together to oversee the creation of single staffing for both councils, saving £3.5m each year.

The councillors, both portfolio holders for resource and performance for their own councils, were nominated jointly because of their personal commitment and close working.

They oversaw the creation of a single staff for both councils which has cut down on duplication and played a central role in making savings and paving the way to cope with future budget pressures.

Cllr Ray said: “This reflect the tremendous work of so many people at both councils, staff and elected members. We’re extremely proud to have won the award on behalf of everyone.”

Cllr Edwards said: “I think we won because we are a good example of how councils can work together to achieve so much. Our way of working very much fits the government ethos for shared services.”

The Local Government Information Unit has 150 authority members and works to strengthen local democracy.