Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Ahead of Savings Target but Still Face Black Hole

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Ahead of Savings Target but Still Face Black Hole

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Councils are already ahead of the game on the efficiency drive, according to figures released this week by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

An analysis of plans submitted to the ODPM by all local authorities show they intend to make efficiency gains worth a total of E1.2bn in 2005/06 - exceeding the government's target of £1bn.

Sir Jeremy Beecham, vice-chair of the Local Government Association and chair of its Efficiency Task Group, said councils were already well practised in generating efficiency gains and the figures, released on June 16, demonstrated their expertise.

'These figures do not reflect a sudden reaction on the part of councils to a Gershon agenda. Year after year, local authorities have protected services and kept council tax down by both budgeting for, and delivering, increased efficiency,' he said. …

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