New Surrey County Council Cabinet member Tony Samuels today spoke alongside Eric Pickles at an event looking at how the public sector can save money through managing its property more effectively.
The event launched the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum’s latest research paper Leaner and Greener II – Putting Buildings to Work.
Sharing the platform with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Samuels – Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes – said: “The public sector should be seen as a single team cooperating to save taxpayers money wherever possible.”
Mr Samuels, who was appointed to the Surrey County Council Cabinet by new leader David Hodge, told the Westminster event that councils needed “to make sure every square inch of land” they owned was “put to the best possible use”.
He also pointed out that if councils could generated money through property it would mean “savings for local people”.
Through the Surrey First initiative, Surrey County Council has been looking at ways to save money by working better with other public sector organisations in the county. Our plans include enabling county council staff to work out of district and borough council offices.