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Enfield Council saving cash

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28 June 2016

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This week Enfield Council announced that it has saved millions of pounds by introducing new efficiency programmes and working with other councils and organisations to ensure best value for its residents.

This week Enfield Council announced that it has saved millions of pounds by introducing new efficiency programmes and working with other councils and organisations to ensure best value for its residents.

The savings were made by centralising procurement negotiations, streamlining purchasing processes for care packages, bringing in a new purchase order system and working alongside other councils to increase purchasing power and sharing information to get the best possible deal for residents.

Successful joint working includes the work Enfield has done with Waltham Forest and Hackney to help adults with learning difficulties live independently. Enfield is currently also taking the lead on a multi-borough procurement of domestic violence refuges alongside Haringey, Islington and Hackney.

Enfield Council's Brokerage Service (ECBS) helps users maximise their personal budget by working out what services are needed, finding the right providers and assisting people to put services in place. The ECBS understands who to buy from in the market in order to maximise the use of community services that best meet the needs of vulnerable adults. This has delivered a faster, more responsive service while reducing Council expenditure. Other initiatives include procurement professionals carrying out negotiations which in turn allows social workers to spend less time doing paperwork and more time with service users.

A new IT system is also being implemented which streamlines the purchase order process and enables Council staff to process purchase orders and pay suppliers more efficiently. The council also has an ongoing efficiency programme which is focussed on reducing expenditure across the Council and has made savings of £2.8m last year.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Finance & Efficiency, Cllr Dino Lemonides said "We're determined to continue delivering excellent value for money to taxpayers through striking better deals and continuing to find new and better ways of doing things.

"This will include working with other organisations to transform services and seeking greater devolution of services for the benefit of Enfield's residents, while calling on the government to recognise the demand pressures we face.

"Central government cuts to Enfield Council mean that we are £118m worse off today than we were in 2010 and further cuts from central government will mean that we lose an additional £56m by 2019/20, so anyway we can help safeguard taxpayers money is to be warmly welcomed."