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Bexley joins the Licensing Partnership

News release issued on 14 November 2016

A London council is joining a previously Kent-based local authority licensing partnership to help to save local tax payer's money.

The London Borough of Bexley has joined the Licensing Partnership, which is responsible for managing the licensing administration operations for Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Based in Sevenoaks, and in its seventh year of operation, the Licensing Partnership has improved service delivery and customer service while saving thousands of pounds.

The extra savings will come about by increasing the scale of the Partnership and introducing further efficiencies to the processing of applications, including a greater use of online forms for the four authorities. This will help the councils' licensing services break even so they require less tax payers' money to operate in future years.

Cllr Anna Firth, Sevenoaks District Council's Cabinet Member for Legal and Democratic Services, says: "The Partnership has saved residents thousands of pounds over several years and will save even more money going forward. This sort of innovation helps councils succeed in difficult financial times. It's a huge honour, and a great achievement, to have a large London Borough join our successful Partnership".

Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure for the London Borough of Bexley, says: "It is good to be joining such a strong partnership, and bringing our experience to join the experience of others. I am sure this will be a successful partnership."

Cllr Bob Backhouse, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Chair of Licensing Committee, adds: "I wish to warmly welcome the London Borough of Bexley to our three council partnership of licensing authorities. They will bring their own experiences with them and share the running costs of the partnership. These mutual endeavours should help us reduce our costs further. We all end up with a better, cheaper service."

Cllr Denise Joy, Maidstone Borough Council's Chair of Licensing, says: "By consolidating our efforts we have been able to streamline the service we offer, whilst improving efficiency and value for money for residents. In a time when all councils are having to actively look at ways of reducing spend across services this is a very sensible and practical way of doing this."