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£300,000 award for transformation project

Borough of Poole has been awarded £300,000 in government funding to support a money-saving partnership to deliver revenues and benefits services.

The funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Transformation Challenge Award will support integration of IT systems across the Stour Valley and Poole Partnership, incorporating Borough of Poole, Christchurch, North Dorset, and East Dorset councils.

The Stour Valley and Poole Partnership was identified by the DCLG as an example of good practice for joint working and delivered £350,000 in savings for taxpayers in the first year of implementation.

The successful bid was announced by Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins as part of a £9 million award to 80 local authorities to join up services and reduce costs for taxpayers.

The successful local authorities predicted that their proposals will save more than £10 for every £1 of Transformation Challenge Award money invested.

It is estimated that the partnership will generate savings of more than £3.6 million.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “This partnership is creating a resilient and cost-effective revenues and benefits service that gives value for money to the taxpayer while maintaining an efficient and accessible local service for our customers. We are pleased that the Government has recognised the success of this partnership. This funding will ensure we can continue to develop the service we provide to our local residents.”