‘Big Win’ efficiency projects have gained £160,000 from the Local Government Association to pilot new approaches to saving money.
The eight schemes, out of 18 applicants, will each receive £20,000 from the LGA’s procurement pilot programme to develop their ideas.
Peter Fleming (Con), LGA improvement board chair, said: “Councils remain the most efficient part of the public sector and these pilots will help find further savings in addition to the millions already saved by sharing services.”
Projects chosen for the ‘Big Win’ category must be capable of producing concepts that can be replicated within the sector on a local, regional or national scale as appropriate.
The successful pilots are:
Rochdale MBC and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
Bringing together fragmented approaches to commissioning the ‘Supporting Living Services’ programme, which helps people with disabilities.
North Tyneside MBC and the North East Purchasing Organisation
Developing a consistent approach to procurement spend information to assist small and medium sized social care businesses to offer goods and services to a wider range of users.
Birmingham City Council
Working with local charities, which will collect and recycle textiles making savings by coordinating administration and bulk sorting.
Northumberland Council and the North East Purchasing Organisation
Procurement of road surfacing and highways consultancy more effectively through reduced duplication of work.
Tameside MBC (managed by iNetwork)
Developing an asset management network for north west councils and health, police and fire services to share asset management arrangements.
Joining together three partnerships that buy corporate services: Procurement Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire Waste Partnership and Staffordshire Moorlands and High Peak Alliance.
Sheffield City Council
Improving contract management training in corporate services for local government to deliver 5-7% savings.
Newcastle City Council and the North East Purchasing Organisation
Producing a tool to strategically analyse corporate services spending to provide reliable and timely procurement data