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A pilot credit card scheme has cut Stirling Council's Building Services purchasing costs by nearly a third. ...
A pilot credit card scheme has cut Stirling Council's Building Services purchasing costs by nearly a third.

The Council in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland is the first local authority in the UK to test the bank's innovative new VISA Purchasing Card scheme.

The card cuts the amount of paper work needed for buying materials or services and has been such a success there are now plans to introduce it into other areas of the council's work

'The scheme now working in Building Services not only saves money but also means much better service delivery for Council tenants,' said chair of the council's resources committee, Tom Coll.

'In the past because of auditing needs the simplest purchases had to be processed through six or seven different stages which created a lot of paperwork. This arrangement means this has been dramatically reduced.'

Under the new system a supervisor simply orders materials using the new credit card and records the purchases. The material is then ready for collection form the supplier, and the recorded purchase can be checked against the credit care statement issued by the bank.

'The way everyone pays for goods and services has evolved dramatically over the past few years and I'm glad to see Stirling leading the way as the financial revolution moves into local government', added Councillor Coll.

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