Surrey County Council has set a goal of saving £72 million this year as the authority continues to face the challenges of increasing demand for services and dwindling funding.
Reaching the annual target will propel savings for local taxpayers to £200m in three financial years alone. That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s Operation Horizon project to overhaul more than 300 miles of road nearly twice over.
At the start of this year Surrey unveiled a document highlighting more than 50 ways the council had worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services. It included savings from striking better deals which amounted to almost £30m in 2013/14 when £3m was also saved by doing road improvements more efficiently.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “By doing things more efficiently and working with others as one team we’re ensuring taxpayers’ money stretches further while continuing to provide excellent services.
“Saving £200m over three years is proof of that and we’ll continue to find innovative ways to do more for less at a time when demand for our services, particularly adult social care and school places, is rising as funding falls.”
The authority has joined forces with emergency services, health organisations and other councils in Surrey and Sussex to transform public services through closer working. It is also part of the South East 7 group of councils working to improve services and cut costs.