Local council savings targets revealed

3 April 2008
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04 April 2008 | Jake Kanter

Local government minister John Healey has revealed how much money the government expects each region of England to save, and how much funding they will get to help.

An efficiency prospectus published by the Department for Communities and Local Government revealed how much funding the new Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships (RIEP) would receive.

RIEP in London are set to receive £21 million over the next four years. Those in the north-east will receive £15.5 million, the lowest allocation.

It also outlined potential annual savings by 2011. Councils in London are expected to be the most efficient, with savings predicted to reach £866 million a year. North-east bodies are only expected to save £277 million.

Collectively the funding will total £185 million, while councils are expected to save £4.9 billion by 2011.

The prospectus also offers advice and improvements councils could make with the funds. Healey hopes it will help bodies cut waste and provide better public services.

Healey praised the efficiencies councils have already achieved, but warned more needs to be done. "It is now for councils to take up these opportunities, go further in cutting waste, and deliver the world-class services that local people rightly expect them to."


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