The previous Scottish government issued a consultation paper in 2006 – part of a follow up to the original Building a Better Scotland paper of 2004, which focussed mostly on cost savings as far as I can see.
The Labour administration’s proposals for taking forward shared services across Scotland. It provides evidence to support our view that shared services can release significant efficiency savings for investment in front line services, but equally highlights the potential for shared services to drive up service quality and consistency.
Summarisation of the 136 responses received
Potentially a good examplar for identifying strategic directions for local government.