Driving harder bargains on cleaning contracts will save Surrey schools almost £3 million – enough to buy 150 new minibuses.
Negotiating by Surrey County Council has resulted in five-year deals being hammered out that represent a £2.9m saving on the previous contracts.
That sum would be enough to pay for 150 new 17-seater minibuses to ferry pupils and teachers around.
Under the deals with Wettons Cleaning Services and Solo Service Group signed off by the council’s Cabinet, higher standards will also be demanded.
Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Services, said: “We’re determined to strike the very best deals for local taxpayers and these deals will also bring more jobs to Surrey.
“New contracts to save our schools almost £3m, or enough to buy 150 new minibuses, is proof of that and we’ll continue to leave no stone unturned in our efforts to provide the highest quality services at the very best value for money.”
The deals cover more than 100 schools in Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge, Mole Valley and Waverley.
* Based on a new Ford Transit 2.2 litre costing £20,000.