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Savings of almost £20 million identified in environment directorate


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Savings of almost £20 million have been identified as part of a public value review into Surrey County Council’s environment and infrastructure directorate.

The efficiencies will be made by 2017. They will include striking better deals with suppliers and working more closely with other councils and organisations, including through the SE7 collaboration of local authorities.

Members of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet agreed to a series of recommendations that will result in £19.4 million being saved by 2017.

The examination of the directorate’s services, including waste, countryside, highways and road safety, was carried out as a public value review.

The reviews are looking at all council services and have already identified more than £100 million worth of savings.

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John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “By finding ways of doing things more efficiently and through working as one team with other councils and organisations, we can ensure taxpayers’ money goes further while continuing to provide excellent services to the people of Surrey.

“We’re already working more efficiently. Our new highways contract has led to more potholes being fixed faster and to a higher standard, while saving millions of pounds on the previous deal. And Surrey is recycling more waste than ever which is reducing how much we pay out to send waste to landfill.”

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To view the public value review report to Cabinet click here.

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