Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins has announced 80 local authorities will be sharing a £9m investment to join up services and reduce costs for taxpayers.
The councils receiving a share of the pot are successful bidders for the Transformation Challenge Award, a financial reward for authorities with innovative service transformation plans.
According to the government, those receiving the award have demonstrated how they intend to improve services for residents while also reducing costs.
It is predicted that their proposals will save more than £10 for every £1 of Transformation Challenge Award money invested.
“I am delighted to announce that 80 far-sighted authorities are being rewards for focusing on the needs of council tax payers and the people who use their services,” claimed Hopkins.
“By joining forces with neighbouring councils and other organisation they are not only cutting costs but also making sure their residents get the very best service,” he added.
The Minister also noted that councils and their partners predict savings of over £100m over the next 5-10 years.
Although there were 33 winning bids, joint collaborative projects will bring together 80 authorities in total.
More than half of the winning bids are focused on redesigning front line services to provide benefits for users.
A number of councils intend to merge back office teams and share chief executives and senior managers to cut down costs, including three Dorset districts who will be sharing a single chief executive.