Departments go Dutch over work

SOUTH Holland Council's legal section merges with its finance department at the end of the month as the authority divides up into business units.

The Lincolnshire council is undertaking a wholesale re-organisation in the run up to the tendering of white collar services, although legal work will not be contracted out.

Conveyancing and litigation was put out to the private sector when the authority was set up in 1974. Spalding-based firms, Calthrops and Maples & Son, and Mossop & Bowser, in Holbeach, currently do most of the work.

On 1 April, legal and administrative staff will join forces with the treasurer's department to form the finance and resources section.

The new business unit will enter service level agreements with client departments on a 12-month trial basis.