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Surrey on track to save more than £150m from striking better deals

Surrey County Council is on track to save local taxpayers more than £150 million since 2010 at a rate of almost £60,000 every day through striking better deals. Annual figures are set to show savings from negotiating better contracts of £14 million for the 2016/17 financial year when it ends this month. Reaching that sum … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Free training courses for voluntary groups; Fostering events in Surrey

Free training courses for voluntary groups More than 5,700 voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) groups are being offered training courses by Surrey County Council. The courses, which are also run by the authority for its own staff, are a mixture of e-learning and classroom based activities and help the VCFS deliver even more support … Continue reading

Purchasing power creates 200 apprenticeships

A Surrey County Council drive to use its purchasing power to create apprenticeships is set to hit the 200 mark. Nearly 140 organisations had committed to filling 175 apprenticeships as a condition of securing their contracts by the end of December and another 25 roles are expected to be approved shortly. Places have been created … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves more than £100 million

Striking better deals has pushed county council savings for Surrey taxpayers beyond £100 million in four years. That sum would be enough to build almost a third of the school places the council needs to find to meet demand from a surging birth rate. The negotiation work done by the council’s procurement team and staff … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Guardian debate features Cabinet Member

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes Tony Samuels has taken part in a debate organised by the Guardian about striking better deals with businesses and voluntary groups. Mr Samuels emphasised a joint purchasing operation with East Sussex County Council that aims to save both authorities millions of pounds. He also highlighted how … Continue reading

FT features letter from Denise Le Gal

The Financial Times today published a letter from Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency Denise Le Gal about savings made by the authority through driving harder bargains on contracts. Her letter is below. Sir, Andrew Hooke may like to know that specialist outsourcing professionals were not called in to help Surrey county … Continue reading

Surrey leader interviewed about joint purchasing with East Sussex

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge explained plans to launch a joint purchasing operation with East Sussex County Council to BBC Surrey’s Angus Moorat. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Surrey saves £140 a minute by striking better deals

Surrey County Council has saved local taxpayers nearly £140 a minute by driving harder bargains. Doing better deals with the likes of IT and bus firms saw the council save £2m in the first six weeks of this financial year. The sum equates to £8,300 an hour or £139 a minute during that period*. In … Continue reading


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