Shared services are becoming more common across the public sector. It is unlikely that local authorities can function in the future unless they work more collaboratively with their neighbouring service providers.
But there are many pitfalls to be overcome.
With help from Socitm and contributors from across the local authority sector, we have developed a readiness assessment tool. RASP provides a useful aid to demonstrate and to quantify risks and potential issues that require further scrutiny or care during a shared service programme.