On Air NATHAN COOPER

Dire Straits: Money for NothingiTunesAmazon

County Council Admits Big Spend To Achieve Big Savings

Bucks CC 3

5:07pm 27th June 2011

The County Council's revealed it's spent £250,000 - just to keep the CURRENT way it looks after issues like building repairs, office cleaning and security.

As part of it's £9m cut-backs, it needed to save £1.3m from Facilities Management.

The new leader of the County Council, admitted to Mix 96 it cost them a lot of money to go through the process which was Government approved to choose either a private firm to do the work or keep it "in-house".

But Martin Tett says keeping the council-run system - with improvements - will actually offer a greater saving in the long run.

The £5m service, which includes building repairs and improvements, office cleaning, reception and security services, was tested using the Government's recognised Facilities Management Framework.

Six external bids were received and evaluated against business case objectives and an in-house transformation proposal. Despite a range of competitive bids, the proposal for revisions to the in-house service came closest to delivering the required £1.3m of savings over the next five years.

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Peter Cartwright said it was important to ensure that all Council services were rigorously assessed on quality and value for money against the very best on offer from the private sector.

"We've put our facilities management service through the toughest of assessments. Whilst we will need to make further cost savings including some redundancies to achieve the final savings target, the in-house proposal represents the best and most affordable way forward. I'm well aware that many other public and private sector organisations outsource their FM provision, but for us, this approach did not quite stack up in terms of what we needed.

By continuing with a revised in-house approach, the Council hopes it will be able to protect much of the money it spends with local firms and other suppliers.

Leader of the Council, Martin Tett told mix96: "Around 65% of our facilities management budget is currently spent within the local supply chain which is important for both Buckinghamshire businesses and our economy. Through the proven efficiency of the in-house service and further changes to be developed to deliver savings, we have been able to ensure this continues.  

He continued, "Robust and independent market testing is never cheap and in this instance we have spent some £250,000 to get to this position. However, it's critical we make the right decisions and this expenditure has now set us on the right track for achieving the £1.3m savings we require."     

Share This Story

Submit this page to redditDelicious
Email Icon Get the latest local news direct to your inbox.
Sign up now for our email updates
.

Comments

No comments have been posted and approved yet.

Submit a Comment

Please log in to comment on this page.

Suggested articles
Slavery Victim

Bucks County Council look to tackle modern slavery

They want to know the scale of the problem and find ways of tackling it.

Road - Street

Bucks County Council bid for £2.1m to improve Aylesbury roads

They've made the bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund.

Most read
bucks fire parking

Fire crews held up in Aylesbury due to inconsiderate parking

It's causing them to lose valuable time when responding to emergencies.

Mix96 News

Motorcyclist dies in A413 crash

The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Newer article

Aylesbury Boy Victim Of Series of Sex Assaults

Local: Thames Valley Police charge 32 year-man with series of sex attacks on 10 year-old boy.

Older article

Two Aylesbury Girls Assaulted in Vale Park

Local: Police search Asian man in his early 21s

Top articles

Girl Taken to Hospital After Bike Fall

Local: It comes after reports of a rush hour crash.

Theresa May chairs Cabinet meeting ahead of Brexit speech

National: Theresa May is chairing a Cabinet meeting aimed at restoring unity in her Government ahead of a key Brexit speech on Friday in Florence.

HS2: 'It's Stolen My Time & Things I'd Promised Myself For 40 Years'

Local: Stan Mason is 79 and has been fighting the High Speed route for over 6 years. We wanted to see how that's affected him

First major Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition in UK

Showbiz: He was the rock star painter who inspired rappers, filmmakers and street artists.

Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez treatment down to fitness, not 'disguised attitude'

Sport: Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez's low-key start to the season is down to fitness and not the collapse of a move to Manchester City.

Donald Trump mocked for referring to non-existent African country 'Nambia'

World: Donald Trump has added to his list of "unpresidented" achievements - by appearing to invent a new African country in a speech at the United Nations.