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13 December 2011 | Angeline Albert
141 councils in England are expecting to
save a total of £85 million after signing up to a waste management framework
From April 2012, the local authorities will
be able to access a household management framework agreement set up by iESE – a social
enterprise launched this week formed from the defunct government agency
Improvement and Efficiency SouthEast.
The councils will make savings by paying
less for services such as recycling, street cleaning and ground maintenance.
The total potential contract value of these authorities’ services is £1.7
Earlier this year, a policy review
conducted by the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs stated local authorities needed to work together
to take advantage of economies of scale and bargaining power by working
together to improve waste management.
Councillor Neil Blake from Aylesbury Vale District Council, which has signed up to work with iESE, said: “Councils
can no longer rely on existing ways to meet their tough savings targets. Only
by exploring new avenues like those offered by iESE will they achieve the scale
of savings required.”
iESE aims to help councils in England find
savings, share best practice and set up framework agreements. Established by
the government in 2008, it has made £160 million savings for councils in the
South East. The majority of the mutual’s income will be generated from fees
charged to authorities based on the efficiencies created from deals.