An efficiency programme of Public Value Reviews (PVRs) unearthed almost £280 million of savings, a report to Surrey Council’s Cabinet has confirmed.
The programme to ensure residents receive the best possible services and maximum value for money ended with total savings of £279m being uncovered by 2016.
Savings over four years included:
- More than £28m from the highways review that included a new road maintenance and improvement contract with May Gurney that saves £4.1m a year on the previous deal and sees potholes fixed faster
- Nearly £26m in the council’s environment and infrastructure service through striking better deals with suppliers and working more closely with other councils and organisations, including the SE7 collaboration of local authorities.
Surrey leader David Hodge said: “Not only have the Public Value Reviews identified savings which have been crucial for us to help meet our financial targets, they have helped us to focus on the things that matter most to our residents.
“They have been a catalyst for developing and implementing new ideas and have helped us to bring people and organisations together to find better ways of delivering services to the residents of Surrey.”