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Moves on the Isle of Wight to integrate public services so money can be focused to support frontline activity have been welcomed by Liz Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

During Liz’s first visit to the Isle of Wight recently, Bob Seely and Isle of Wight Council leader Dave Stewart spoke about plans for the Island’s public services to work ever closer with shared back office functions allowing more money to be spent on frontline staff such as teachers, nurses and firefighters.

Bob raised the visit today (Tuesday) during questions to the Treasury. He said:

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“It was great to see the Minister on the Isle of Wight the week before last.

“She will be aware of the letter I have written her looking at ensuring that the Isle of Wight becomes a pilot scheme to see how we can better integrate government services in the one public estate programme.”

In response, Liz said:

“It was certainly a weekend to remember on the Isle of Wight. My first ever visit to this great place, and I was impressed, and I do think the Isle of Wight provides a good opportunity to look at how we can do things differently, how we can integrate services to cut down on bureaucracy and put more money on the front line.”

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Arlington Beech
Arlington Beech

Come back in five years and explain what happened because of this. Bet it’s nothing.


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