A COUNCIL has received a financial boost from the government to help it further develop its alliance with a neighbouring authority.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has been awarded £200,000 in funding to further develop its pioneering work on sharing services with neighbouring High Peak.
The funding announcement has been welcomed by the district council's leader Sybil Ralphs.
The two councils formed a Strategic Alliance in 2008 which involves sharing a management team and some services.
This arrangement has enabled both councils to freeze council tax for the last four years and saves local tax payers in both communities around £3 million every year.
The government has awarded £200,000 to the Alliance for further development of work it has already delivered.
Councillor Ralphs said: "I'm delighted that we have been recognised by the Government in this way and awarded this additional funding to continue with our transformational work.
“We were the trailblazers of joint working and our example is one that other councils across the country can learn from.
"Local authorities have got to become more like businesses and this funding will enable us to explore more ways of doing that and become more adventurous in our joint working."
The funding will be used to look at new ways of taking innovation further by exploring how the councils can improve the use of the assets of both councils to support the sharing of services and the needs of the communities in both areas, and the competitiveness of services such as commercial waste collection and building control.
It will also be used to look at how to encourage growth and regeneration by supporting organisations in developing projects that bring economic benefits to the area.