It saves money which then can be transferred to front-line services.
Our current local authority provides both in-house and, would you believe it? – training for free to all private sector companies for social and adult care services. This should not be something that the local authority offers for free – we can't afford it as a country and its not their job !!!
They also hold regular meetings (in fact you could be at a local authority meeting within social care every day of the week) and these are usually held at top class expensive hotels with free lunch (which will be paid for in advance and most people leave early and don't take it). This is hardly a "low cost to operate" approach – it screams money wasting to me