COUNCILLORS and police officers could be moved out of public buildings in Burton to save cash.
Plans to share services and rent some buildings out have been revealed by as part of a joint venture by the county council and police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis.
The authority owns around 400 buildings across Staffordshire, excluding schools, and feels money can be saved by making better use of them.
Council chiefs said the plan would ‘maximise the use of their property’ and ‘deliver greater value to the public purse’, while Mr Ellis said the money going to waste could be put towards funding frontline policing.
Ian Parry, deputy leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “We own around 400 buildings and offices and it makes sense to see if we are getting maximum value and use of every single one, particularly where they are surplus or under used. If there is space for example, we want to look at how we can make better use of it.
Mr Ellis added: “This proposal is at a very early stage but is based on the principal of bringing professional expertise to maximise every single penny of tax payers’ money.
“The public sector is fragmented, there are hundreds of public buildings in Staffordshire and we need to get away from silo thinking that it’s police, council or NHS money. It’s all public money that needs to be spent better.”