Better value for your moneyLast updated: 06 August 2012 11:35
Like all councils and other public services, we need to make big savings. Our target is around £45m by 2015.
That’s a lot of money. But we’ll save as much as we possibly can by working more efficiently and effectively, rather than by cutting services.
Transforming the way we work, to give you better value for money, could save up to £31m of the £45m total.
Examples of how we’re already saving money are:
- a new waste collection contract, costing about £1m less a year
- using payment cards and electronic billing instead of processing thousands of paper invoices
Examples of future savings are:
- redesigning the way we deliver services so they are more closely tailored to your needs
- buying supplies more efficiently
- reducing the amount of energy we use
- making better use of office space and disposing of vacant buildings
We need to invest £2m in transforming the council. Spending this money – mainly on new technology – should bring in £10m of savings.
We’re looking for more efficiencies and sources of income all the time, but inevitably some savings will still have to come from cuts to services and redundancies. Over the last 12 months, staffing (excluding schools) has reduced by 9%.
Below is more information about our transformation of the council to save money, based on a presentation made to staff. We call the transformation programme Shaping our Future.