Devon and Somerset trading standards to merge in cost saving measure.
Trading standards in Devon and Somerset could merge in new cost saving measures.
The move, which was approved by Councillors this week, will see a fully shared service created covering both Devon and Somerset, comprising staff from both authorities and offices in both counties.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds could be saved by setting up the joint service.
There are not expected to be any redundancies.
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It is likely that office premises will be retained including Newton Abbot.
Cllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for Trading Standards, said:
"With increasing pressure on budgets we must make sure we work hard to get the best value from our spending and find more efficient and cost-effective ways of providing services."
As Devon County Council is the employing organisation of the larger team staff from Somerset County Council will TUPE transfer to Devon at a date to be agreed through consultation with Unions and staff representing each Authority.
The initial contract would be for a term of 10 years.