Transformation programme delivers annual savings of over £5m
Release date: 12 June 2015
The One Team programme, which was established by Cotswold District Council in 2009/10 to manage the changes required for the transformation of its operations, has resulted in savings of over £5m per year.
This figure was confirmed at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 11 June when Members reviewed the achievements of the change programme and approved its close down. The Council is now in a strong position to deliver further savings in the future as part of the 2020 Vision, a new programme involving Cotswold plus the local authorities from Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire.
Describing the achievements of One Team in more detail, Cllr Lynden Stowe, Leader of CDC, highlighted some of the significant changes which have helped to make such big savings:
“Under the One Team banner, we have reduced costs substantially by sharing services and officers with West Oxfordshire District Council and also through sharing ‘back office’ functions with three local authorities – West Oxfordshire, Cheltenham and Forest of Dean. Establishing the Council-owned environmental services company Ubico Ltd has also been a great financial success, and it is now providing services for five councils. Aside from that, we have developed an ICT infrastructure which supports joint working through the use of video conferencing, unified networks, common software, and the increasing use of technology to support more homeworking. Other initiatives within One Team which have delivered noteworthy savings and service improvements include our ‘Right First Time’ customer service improvements and the transfer of the running of leisure and cultural services to SLM/Everyone Active.”
He praised all those involved in the One Team programme:
“Cotswold District Council now has a very successful track record in managing complex change programmes and projects of varying sizes set against the backdrop of a changing environment and significant reductions in central government funding. Since 2009 officers have successfully delivered a programme covering over 20 projects, and the proactive approach they have taken to reviewing progress means that the lessons learned can now be applied to our involvement in the 2020 Vision at the very outset. This will see us working together more closely and sharing resources with the local authorities from Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire to maximise mutual benefit, leading to more efficient, effective delivery of local services while retaining our independence and identity.”
For more information about the 2020 Vision please see cotswold.gov.uk/about-the-council/information-data/guide-to-the-council/shared-working/2020-vision-programme/