Changes to services to save £20million

PUBLISHED: 13:08 10 October 2011

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SOMERSET County Council has announced plans to review council services over the next 18 months and save more than £20million.

The proposals are supported across all three political parties and called the Change Programme. It will attempt to lead the council to become smaller, flexible and more agile in future.

The review will lead to a different approach in how the council manages, commissions and delivers existing services, and give residents and customers more of a say in what the council should provide.

Councillor Ken Maddock, leader of the Conservative party said: “This is an exciting but also very challenging programme that has the potential to deliver huge savings. By 2013 Somerset County Council will be a smaller, agile and a more ambitious organisation.”

Councillor Sam Crabb, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “There is no doubt that with finances falling, something needs to change. We support this programme whilst working hard to challenge the administration to ensure the right decisions are made.”

Labour leader Andrew Govier also agreed change is inevitable. He said: “We recognise that these changes will impact on staff and services and it is essential that we listen to the good ideas that those staff will have about how best services can be delivered in the future.

“Local people look to the council to support them when they need help and we must ensure that their voice is heard during this process.”

Further information on Somerset County Council’s future aims and objectives can be found in the county plan available online at www.somerset.gov.uk/countyplan.

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