Surrey County Council saves £83 million by ‘striking better deals’

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
19 November 2013

Surrey County Council has saved £83 million over the past three years by renegotiating contracts and “striking better deals”.

The authority said renegotiating IT and energy contracts last year helped generate savings of £27 million, and the organisation was on track to save £100 million by 2014/15.

Derek Lancaster, performance and development manager, told SM: “Last year our target was £25 million and we made £27 million. We have exceeded targets by a healthy margin each year.

“On key contracts we are going in and looking for ways we can save money.”

So far this year £10 million of savings have been achieved and £5 million more are expected in the coming months, generated through improved construction deals and a shared purchasing initiative with East Sussex County Council.

Councillor Denise Le Gal, cabinet member for business services at the Conservative-controlled council, said: “We’re determined to get the best possible deal for Surrey taxpayers and saving £100 million in four years through driving harder bargains bears testament to that.

“That sum would be enough to cover our revolutionary five-year programme to completely overhaul more than 300 miles of road and we’re determined to ensure we continue to provide maximum value for money and excellent services.”

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