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Better deals help South Cambridgeshire District Council save £130,000

South Cambridgeshire District Council bosses have saved almost £130,000 this year through better deals on goods and services.

South Cambridgeshire District Council bosses have saved almost £130,000 this year through better deals on goods and services.

SCDC’s savings have been made by renegotiating and consolidating contracts for better deals and tendering more widely to find better quality products with more uses.

The procurement process, which oversees everything from the new multimedia-driven customer contact centre that goes live in December and promises to deliver £250,000 of savings, to the window cleaning of sheltered accommodation and the paper towels in public toilets, focuses on achieving value for money for residents.

This year a massive £66,484 has been saved from the budget for SCDC’s housing condition surveys – the duty placed on SCDC to regularly review the standard and energy efficiency of its homes - and a further £26,740 on private sector condition surveys after both contracts were re-tendered.

New arrangements for the delivery of the South Cambs residents’ magazine will save the council £12,720 annually while a new customer service training provider has delivered savings of £2,875.

Cllr Simon Edwards, SCDC deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, said: “Procurement is a key aspect of good financial management and during the current economic downturn, whilst budgets are being squeezed, it is more important than ever to manage our money well.

“Through the careful re-organisation of how things are done, we have made substantial savings whilst improving services.

“Achieving more for less in this way helps us to deliver real value for money for our residents.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (November 8) Echo.

 

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