East Dunbartonshire Council has effectively withdrawn from entering into a shared service partnership with Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire. A decision was taken in December to adopt a lead council delivery model with Inverclyde selected to play the lead role. Soon afterwards East Dunbartonshire decided not to engage as a full partner, effectively meaning that the three model approach is now a two model approach.
This will impact on governance arrangements as the existing joint committee comprises elected members from each of the three councils. The previous business case is also being revised to take account of East Dunbartonshire’s withdrawal.
The Council has said that the previous objectives for sharing transportation and roads services remain. These were built around greater resilience and increased opportunities for retaining more work in-house. UNISON will review the revised business case in order to be assured that these underlying objectives remain deliverable.