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Surrey and East Sussex county councils make innovative appointment to deliver savings

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A senior manager responsible for overseeing multi-million-pound savings since joining Surrey County Council has been appointed to a joint role with a neighbouring authority.

Since arriving at Surrey County Council in 2010, Laura Langstaff has supported services to deliver £70 million of savings over the last three years in her role as deputy of the procurement team.

Now she has been appointed as Head of Procurement for both Surrey County Council and East Sussex County Council. The appointment aims to provide greater value for taxpayers and ensure the two councils effectively coordinate purchasing projects to save money on contracts.<>

The innovative procurement partnership has already seen early success, with the two councils being jointly recognised as one of the top 10 ‘councils to do business with’ nationwide. This was achieved with the help of the Build Surrey and Build East Sussex websites, which were launched earlier this year to help firms bid for contracts.  Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Services, Denise Le Gal, said:

“Coming up with innovative ways to save taxpayers’ money while providing high-quality services is core to everything we do. Working more closely with other councils is a guaranteed way to achieving both these aims and this role is fantastic news for both councils and taxpayers.”

Ms Langstaff, who started her career in the private sector and joined Surrey County Council from the London Borough of Ealing, said:

“The opportunity to work with the fantastic procurement teams across both East Sussex and Surrey will make the most of both councils’ procurement resources in a way that will save time by avoiding duplication and deliver savings, and I am looking forward to increasing the councils’ cooperative working.”

David Elkin, Lead Member for Resources on East Sussex County Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome Laura. Her appointment is further evidence of our commitment to providing an excellent service, through a focus on innovative service delivery, in order to deliver excellent value for money for the taxpayer.”

Earlier this year the two councils merged payroll, pensions and accounts functions, and decided to share a single data centre.

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