Budget 2019

Plans for saving money

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Consultation closed: 5pm on Tuesday 29 January, 2019

In total, we have saved more than £135 million since Central Bedfordshire Council was created in 2009. We’ve done this by taking a range of actions, such as cutting the pay of our staff, renegotiating our contracts and reducing the number of office buildings we work from.

But we have more to do. In 2019, we plan to deliver a further £14.8 million of efficiencies.

The types of changes we are proposing are:

  • £8.4 million from providing services more efficiently, without affecting customers’ experience
  • £3.3 million by generating income from trading services
  • £1.9 million from getting involved as soon as possible with either children, families or adults who are vulnerable (because of ill health, disability or risk of abuse or neglect). By working with people early, we can help them to avoid needing more support in the long term, which saves money
  • £1.1 million by determining the council’s offer, which means for some services residents could opt to make their own contributions to “top up” the service they receive

Examples of providing services more efficiently include making our services available online where appropriate, smarter procurement and commissioning of services, reorganising some services and reducing the number of buildings we work from.

Examples of income generation proposals include using our vehicles for non-emergency patient transport, better income and debt collection and increased income from new leisure centre contracts.

Examples of early intervention include closer working with health services to help people get the right support at the right time and modernising services for people with learning disabilities to provide care as close to home as possible, as well as services that will promote independence and reduce reliance on social care services.

Examples of determining the council’s offer include introducing options for care packages that Adult Social Care service users and their families may choose to opt into and to pay for. Whilst the council will continue to ensure care needs are met, we are proposing that a range of home care services may be preferable and affordable to a service user and their family, rather than residential care. Other examples of this approach include delivering more local, cost-effective care and support for people with a learning disability.

You can read the full report on the efficiencies proposals in the Executive papers (link opens in new window).