The planned savings will come on top of the £43 million efficiency savings delivered by the council over the last three years and the additional £5 million annual savings being won from the beginning of last year following the implementation by Capgemini of a new council-wide IT system in January 2008.
The transformation programme, which has already started, will include a new budget and planning framework, organisational changes which are expected to speed up decision making and make processes leaner and less bureaucratic, and a renewed focus on customer services, with improved choice and access including online, email, face-to-face and phone-based services.
Peter Bungard, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council, said: ‘Our new IT system provides a springboard for change by improving communications across the council, by giving staff the consistent and timely information they need for decision-making, and by allowing us to explore in detail a number of money-saving scenarios. Working with Capgemini, with its strong record of streamlining local government, is also key to our plans to drive out further significant efficiencies.’
Capgemini senior executive Alan Richell, who has been seconded to the council to lead Gloucestershire’s ‘Building our Future’ programme, said: ‘Gloucestershire County Council has already achieved enormous success in saving money while improving the quality of its services for Gloucestershire people. But based on our experience with other UK local authorities, there is much still to be done, and our team of consultants are working in close collaboration with council staff to find and deliver further important efficiencies and savings.’
Capgemini was selected as transformation partner for Gloucestershire County Council’s ‘Building our Future’ programme because of it strong track record in UK local government, its cost-effective proposals and its history of effective project delivery at the council.