The Managing Director of Publica will describe the experience of building one of local governments’ most unique service collaborations at a fringe event at the LGA Conference in Bournemouth this evening (Wednesday 3/7).
David Neudegg was the Chief Executive of Cotswold District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council when the two began working together in 2008 and was instrumental in the development of this model into the council-owned ‘teckal’ company, Publica, in 2017. At the event, he will give a retrospective view of the challenges and opportunities this presented, with the aim of inspiring and encouraging others to consider a similar approach.
“Over the past ten years, I’ve seen the benefits that are presented by working together and sharing services across councils. This in itself is not a new concept - plenty of organisations across the public sector are joining forces to make the most of associated efficiencies - but having one, council-owned company which can then reap the rewards of this approach is unique,” said David.
“Not only that, we are now in a position to show how it makes a difference to the people who really matter - the service users in each of those council areas - and I’m excited to be able to discuss this in more detail at the prestigious LGA conference.”
Shared services have delivered £35 million pounds of savings over ten years for the four Publica councils and customer satisfaction rate remains high, with 95% of council residents being satisfied with the services they receive.
This will be the second year Publica has attended the conference and the first that the organisation has hosted a fringe event. It has been organised specifically to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience amongst the local government sector, with attendees being offered the opportunity for one of a limited number of free consultation sessions.
Conference delegates can find out more by visiting the Publica stand P45b in the Exhibition Hall.