The Council's Efficiency and Savings Programme
The efficiency programme is a long term programme supported by a strategy until 2014. Based on our finances and forecasts for the future the council needs to achieve at least £1 million on-going savings per year.
The Strategy outlines for the council how to achieve the savings by looking at how we deliver services, the processes we use and whether they are the most efficient, as well as looking at other cross cutting areas where savings could be made. The strategy includes a series of ‘quick wins’ in the short term as well as more medium and longer term approaches. A copy of our Efficiency Strategy is now available below.
All of this work builds on the Sir Peter Gershon efficiency review commissioned in 2003 which was about raising productivity and enhancing value for money and efficiency gains were to be achieved through reforms that involved ' Doing the same for less or more for the same'. All council's were set an efficiency target by the Government of 2.5% a year until 2008. For the council this meant a savings target to achieve of £1,711,000 by March 2008. By March 2008 the council achieved a total efficiency saving of £1,943,500, £232,500 over the original target set.