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22 NOV 2017

Shared property services in the public sector: a future of collaboration?

There are many examples of the public sector coming together to share services because it wants or has to. This report includes commentary on the legislative and policy framework surrounding the creation of trading entities and the sharing of resources.

The days when public sector service providers worked alone or, worse, in competition with other providers, are thankfully no more. Whether this is because of a genuine collaborative spirit or because they recognise their survival depends on working with partners, the result is that shared services have increased across the public sector. New legislative freedoms are also partly responsible for the rise of this model of service delivery, which encompasses joint ventures and corporate entities.

There does not appear to be much research into how much these services are already shared or what the barriers and outcomes are. The purpose of this research, carried out with ACES, is to gauge the opinions of those operating in the market.

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