Decision details

Integrated Shared Management Structure and Joint Working Arrangements Review – Preferred Option for Breckland and South Holland District Councils.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The report sets out the recommendations from stage one of the Review of the future of the Integrated Shared Management Structure and Joint Working Arrangements between Breckland and South Holland District Councils


RESOLVED to Recommend to FULL COUNCIL to:


1)    approve the preferred option for the future of the integrated shared management structure and joint working arrangements between the two Councils as set out in paragraph 1.8 of the report;


2)    activate clause 8 of the memorandum of agreement between Breckland District Council and South Holland District Council and authorise any extension or shortening of the timeframe set out in clause 8.6A by mutual agreement between the two parties, so far as may be considered appropriate by the Leaders, following consultation with their respective Cabinets; and


3)    approve for consultation the interim structures to support and enable the achievement of the preferred option for both Councils.


4)    subject to there being no material changes to the senior management structure following consultation with officers, delegated authority be given to the Head of Paid Service in consultation with the leader to implement the said structure.


Reasons for the decision:

·         To support the outcome of the commissioned Review of the current integrated shared management and joint working arrangements;

·         To support both Councils to achieve their preferred option;

·         To maintain the integrity of the current shared arrangements; and

·         To enable both Councils to successfully navigate the route to their preferred option whilst continuing to effectively deliver and support their local communities and places.


Alternative options considered:

·         As is – this would act as the baseline option from which all other options will be compared and assessed; this option has been compared to the appraisal criteria for completeness.

·         Improved Existing Partnership – this option would model the improvements, opportunities and challenges of the existing partnership arrangement.

·         Standalone Authority – this option would model the improvement, opportunities and challenges for a standalone authority arrangement.

Report author: Nathan Elvery

Publication date: 01/02/2021

Date of decision: 01/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 01/02/2021 - Cabinet

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