Savings Programme to Help Council Tackle Funding
Bedford Borough Council is set to
decide on a new £multi-million savings programme which will make
services more accessible and provide over £10million of savings to
help fill the shortfall caused by cuts in government
Despite already delivering annual savings of
over £90million, further cuts in government funding mean that the
Council needs to change the way it works to meet the challenge
presented by less money and a growing need for services. The
proposals will involve the whole of the Council and provide savings
across the board by redesigning the services currently provided by
the authority. In particular it is proposed that savings will run
alongside opportunities to make more services available online,
providing an expected saving of £10million every year while
ensuring services are as effective and efficient as possible.
The Council has set up the Bedford Borough
2020 transformation programme to support this new digital approach.
If this is approved, the council will undergo a significant
organisational restructure over the next three years, starting with
The Council has been working
to identify the savings and put in place new business-focused ways
of working that meet the needs of residents and businesses. This
has involved looking at what we do; how we can be more efficient;
and more accessible using digital technology. Changes will cover
the people, processes and technology used by the Council in order
to meet these challenges
Mayor of Bedford Borough,
Dave Hodgson, said: “Due to government funding cuts and the rising
need for services we are facing a shortfall of £27.5million a year
by 2020 , despite the savings we have already made.
We are addressing this major
financial challenge by putting forward a programme that will
re-shape the Council based on residents’ needs, provide a clear
three year financial programme and deliver the savings needed to
balance the budget.
We will open up services so that more and more
are available to residents 24/7 through digital means, while
maintaining phone and in-person contact for those who need it.”
The programme will see changes introduced over
the next 3 years to 2020.