Book News: May 1st, 2007

By John ThorntonSharing services such as finance, IT and personnel, is set to play a major role in delivering the Gershon efficiency savings. This book shifts the emphasis from efficiency to effectiveness. The CIPFA IT Panel has shown how a shared approach to delivering leading practice can generate huge benefits for local government, its employees and its customers.

It starts from the premise that all local authorities should evaluate the potential for implementing a shared services approach for provision of their corporate services, particularly their systems for financial administration. The author suggests that by documenting the emerging trends and best practices in financial management and financial administration systems, councils will be able to benchmark both their existing practices and expectations against these trends. There are also pointers designed to help councils seek out and undertake discussions with potential shared service partners.

The book is published by CIPFA, in conjunction with Capita and Oracle. Cost 120 pounds. Available from: