Derby City Council buyers at risk of losing jobs

16 September 2009

17 September 2009

Purchasing jobs at Derby City Council could be among those at risk if a major restructuring programme to save £32 million over the next three years goes ahead.

A five-month review by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers identified changes that could be made to "corporate and back-office processes" that could help it to achieve better value for money.

Under the proposed transformation programme, the council could replace the current set-up of procurement staff in each department with a single, centralised buying function.

The authority expects to lose 10 per cent of all staff in a number of departments over the next three years.

The review was part of the national government-funded Delivering Efficient Corporate and Transactional Services (DECATS) programme, which looks at ways to reduce costs and timescales in local government bodies.

A spokeswoman for Derby City Council told SM the DECATS project had highlighted "an opportunity to make significant efficiencies in procurement including the centralisation of staff".

Adam Wilkinson, the council's CEO, said: "We expect a staff reduction equivalent to 465 full-time employees over the next three years. Although this is a significant number, our intention is that reductions will be achieved through people leaving the council for other jobs and through retirements."

Some of the savings generated by the programme - projected to reach £20 million a year by 2015 - will be ploughed back into priority spending areas, said council leader Hilary Jones (pictured) in a statement.

Implementation of the proposals, which are subject to cabinet approval, will begin in January 2010.


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