Hard pressed local councils are having to come up with imaginative ways of saving money if they are to survive the next few years of hardship.
Some police forces have already looked into the possibility of sharing administrative and I.T. staff, while others are just simply letting any staff over 60 go before the end of the financial year.
But Haringay council in Greater London has come innovative proposals of cutting costs but actually improving services to the public.
Director of Corporate Services Melinda Bartholomew-Smythe explains -
"We in the Borough of Haringay are committed to navigating the council ship safely through the troubled waters of the next 5 years. We intend to employ blue sky thinking to the creative process right across the whole spectrum of departments. There will be no silos in Haringay".
While details of discussions have been kept secret, its understood that some of the proposed measures include -
Amalgamating the Libraries Department with Police Custody Services so that anyone detained over the weekend will have something to take their mind off their situation, by busying themselves reading without needing custody officers to look after them. That would free policemen to go back on the beat where they're really needed".
We await more details with interest.