"Things are changing in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and with that in mind I want to provide clarification on our approach to the current shared service arrangements with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council.It is a fact that more than half of all council services that are currently delivered to Hammersmith and Fulham's residents are delivered by or from a shared service.Some of our shared services arrangements with RBKC and WCC have delivered savings and other real benefits.
(Take note Cllr E. Campbell. This is a direct attack upon you)
This borough has therefore taken a pragmatic approach that prioritises what works and what best delivers value. LBHF firmly rejects the notion of 'Tri-borough' as an entity, a place or a combination of authorities or the development of a single organisation under combined leadership.Hammersmith & Fulham Council will not pursue any further integration of services with RBKC and WCC. We are actively seeking opportunities to share services and collaborate with other councils and other organisations.These are austere times with 66 per cent of government funding having been removed from LBHF's budget since 2010. That means LBHF will always see value in seeking more effective ways of delivering services. This more pragmatic approach will allow us to reform and modernise services with much greater imagination and agility.LBHF is committed to its staff and recognises its duty of care to both its own employees and to those working in RBKC and WCC to deliver shared services to our residents.Hammersmith & Fulham Council aspires to be the best council. Our councillors and senior managers recognise that can only happen if the people who work for us are given every possible support and that is something that we will prioritise.That means we will train and develop our staff, we will improve our work environment and we will seek to deliver ambitious outcomes, that has value and service quality at the core, and will make our residents proud."