Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire County Council's plan to save £15m

Plans to change the way Staffordshire County Council buys in services, bringing in extra savings of £15m, could be approved by the cabinet later.

The procurement team would be boosted by staff employed by an outside organisation under the proposals.

This could make a "real difference" to the way the council buys services in, with the process being "much more efficient", the authority said.

The changes would save £5m in 2012/13 and £10m in 2013/2014, it added.

'Maximum value'

The outside organisation, a "procurement partner" which would offer expertise in choosing providers to work with, would be appointed by the council under the plans.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for finance and transformation, Ian Parry, said: "I would like to see this exciting partnership in action imminently so that we can start saving more money for our residents.

"By boosting the size of the team on a short-term basis we can make a real difference to the way that we buy services in, making the process much more efficient and effective."

Mr Parry added that on average the council spent about £525m each year buying in services and he wanted "to get the maximum value for every single penny" the authority spent.

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