Surrey seeks better deals with suppliers

12 January 2011

12 January 2011 | Angeline Albert

Surrey County Council expects to save £10 million by agreeing better deals with 30 main suppliers.

The local authority is asking its major suppliers, who collectively receive £250 million of the authority’s £680 million annual budget, to “share the pain” of the economic climate and council funding cuts.

The council expects its talks with suppliers to achieve savings of £10 million over 18 months.

Surrey County Council deputy leader David Hodge said: “This programme covers every service we provide and will ensure we get the best deal from contracts we sign or hold in terms of our bottom line and the benefit to our residents. We are looking to work with our suppliers to find ways of providing goods and services more efficiently and do not expect to pay inflationary increases on contracts over the coming year.”

He added: “It is vital that all public bodies truly get value for money for taxpayers and in the current economic climate we are asking suppliers to play their part in sharing the pain.”

In July 2010, Surrey launched a three-year programme to review all services the council provides to ensure they give value for money.

The council’s latest actions build on its award-winning success in replacing or upgrading all 89,000 of Surrey’s streetlights, which saved the council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. The lighting project won the best public procurement category in the CIPS Supply Management Awards in September 2010.

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