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In a guest post, Giles Roca, Head of Strategy at Westminster City Council, presents ’10 real ways to save’ in response to the CLG’s publication of ‘50 ways to save’.
I’m sure many will have seen that accompanying yesterday’s local government finance settlement, CLG published ‘50 ways to save’. The Secretary of State said “all parts of the public sector need to encourage creative and innovative solutions” to tackle the immense financial challenges facing the country. I couldn’t agree more. Westminster Council has saved £84m over the last two years while managing to protect front-line services with perhaps the most notable of these schemes being the Tri-borough work that has combined adults, health and library services.
However, despite Eric’s call it’s also clear though that local government could go much further without some of the restrictions imposed on it by central government. Whitehall needs to understand the real ways councils can make tax payers’ money go further. That’s why Eric’s ‘50 ways to save’ should have also included how central government can free up councils to make the savings they need to whilst challenging Whitehall to remove barriers to further cutting waste.
Westminster City Council therefore has published ‘10 real ways for local government to save’ highlighting what central government needs to do to allow it to get on with the job.
People may have other ideas, here are Westminster’s: