Work which has already delivered £3.5m savings was due to continue yesterday (Jan 22) when two councils met for the first time to set out how they will deliver their shared ambitions together.
Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Council have recently completed a restructure to share services across West Suffolk.
The overview and scrutiny committees of the two councils met to consider a West Suffolk Strategic Plan and Medium Term Financial Strategy for the next two years.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Council said: “Times are increasingly tough for local government but we need to continue to meet - and indeed anticipate - the challenges ahead and to become less dependent on funding from central Government.
“Councils must, and can, do things differently to help our communities become more self-reliant. The Strategic Plan suggests new ways of working, new relationships and three over-arching priorities.”
After the joint meeting the council’s met separately to decide whether to recommend the adoption to their respective cabinets, which will meet in February.