Transcript of Surrey County Council leader David Hodge’s statement about consultants myProteus at today’s Cabinet meeting.
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I recently took the decision to appoint consultants myProteus until the end of December.
We’ve done a great deal of work in recent years to make sure residents still get good quality services from the county council despite cuts in government funding and growing demand for services.
But those challenges will get harder rather than easier in coming years because – despite saving £540m from our annual budget since 2010 – we still need to save £250m over the next three years.
That’s why we need the expertise and skills in place to address this – as well as the ability to grasp the opportunities that digital improvements offer us to transform services.
MyProteus will help us build the skills of our staff so we can truly transform services around the needs of our residents.
They have an impressive track record with a number of other councils including Westminster, Essex, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
And we are confident that the firm will identify savings of £2.6m from the council’s budget. This makes their appointment significant value for money because it adds up to a £5 saving for every £1 spent on the contract.
As this work is key to delivering our transformation programme I have asked officers to consider the use of capital receipts to fund the project and Full Council will be asked to consider the business case at next month’s meeting.