A plan for two councils to team up to deliver services and save £4m has taken a step forward.
Reigate council will work with Kent County Council in four areas - finance, personnel, revenues and benefits, and information technology.
Reigate's executive has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding, as a move towards a formal agreement.
The Surrey council has said that jobs could be affected but it would try to minimise redundancies.
The authority has also said services which need face-to-face contact will remain in the borough.
'Talks in Sussex'
Plans for shared working originally included customer services, but that has been set aside until later phases of the partnership are developed.
Reigate council said there had also been talks about forming a partnership with district and borough councils in East and West Sussex, and further local authorities could be involved over the next few months.
The signing of the memorandum of understanding is the first phase of the partnership.
It is not legally binding and requires no financial commitment at this stage, but a formal and legally binding agreement will be made as the partnership progresses.