Leader issues warning over Dorset County Council savings

Dorset Echo: Leader issues warning over Dorset County Council savings Leader issues warning over Dorset County Council savings

DORSET County Council's leader has issued a strong warning as the authority embarks on a new era of change.

The council has launched its Forward Together programme in a bid to save £48million over the next three years.

A total of around £18million in savings have already been identified in ten overarching projects but the council still has a further £30million to find in order to plug the gap.

At a meeting of the cabinet council leader Spencer Flower praised the work of officers who had prepared a report identifying the areas already marked for savings but claimed it was 'not brave enough'.

He challenged the officers to come back with a further report in January with proposed savings to get the council within ten per cent of the £48million target.

Coun Flower said: “We can't just embrace the past and take a bit off the edges, we have got to fundamentally change the way we do things.”

He added: “Just to make it clear this is the most radical and reforming change programme this council has ever experienced and is ever likely to experience again.

“Let's not underestimate the gravity of what we are dealing with.”

Coun Flower said the radical approach was necessary give the position the authority found itself in following repeated cuts in funding from central government, meaning even more savings had to be achieved on top of those the council had strived to find in recent years.

The new approach will look at how the council can deliver services in a different way including working with partners and stakeholders and working more efficiently.

Areas already identified for savings include a review of the way adult social care is delivered, which is expected to save £7million, changes to work styles and a review of assets that has been earmarked for a £3.8million saving and a further £1million through a holistic transport review.

Cabinet member for corporate resources Robert Gould backed his leader's view that the measures proposed were encouraging but more work needed to be done to take the programme further.

He said: “I fully support the thrust of this, it's very good, but there is a lot more to do.

“We have to be ambitious and we have to accept the challenge we have been given in terms of reduced funding and see it as an opportunity.”

Cabinet member for environment Hilary Cox also stressed the need for all members to support the scheme.

She said: “Everybody who is a member of this authority needs to pull their weight and drive this forward.”

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4:49pm Wed 18 Dec 13

arlbergbahn says...

Oh my goodness me, what a feast of management weasel-speak there. "changes to work styles and a review of assets that has been earmarked for a £3.8million saving and a further £1 million through a holistic transport review"? Holistic transport review? And 50 weasel points for Coun. Gould for "“We have to be ambitious and we have to accept the challenge we have been given in terms of reduced funding and see it as an opportunity.” Yes! There are no problems, there are opportunities! You win the Big Book of Management Cliches! Perhaps someone might also be able to club together to buy these people a guide to how to run an actual business, something that career politicians like this never seem to really understand.
Oh my goodness me, what a feast of management weasel-speak there. "changes to work styles and a review of assets that has been earmarked for a £3.8million saving and a further £1 million through a holistic transport review"? Holistic transport review? And 50 weasel points for Coun. Gould for "“We have to be ambitious and we have to accept the challenge we have been given in terms of reduced funding and see it as an opportunity.” Yes! There are no problems, there are opportunities! You win the Big Book of Management Cliches! Perhaps someone might also be able to club together to buy these people a guide to how to run an actual business, something that career politicians like this never seem to really understand. arlbergbahn

7:13pm Wed 18 Dec 13

westbaywonder says...

Aboslute Crap !!
The heat is on and the poncers (councilers) are as usual coming out with all the PC speil as usual trying to win round MR Sheep at 32 The Normal,everything they say must be true Dorset .DT1
Aboslute Crap !! The heat is on and the poncers (councilers) are as usual coming out with all the PC speil as usual trying to win round MR Sheep at 32 The Normal,everything they say must be true Dorset .DT1 westbaywonder

7:23pm Wed 18 Dec 13

smilealoft44 says...

I thought that we voted for members to do there best by us, these cuts are not what we want, the members should have the guts to stand up to this goverment and say NO MORE CUTS. If the cuts continue they should resign on mass.
I thought that we voted for members to do there best by us, these cuts are not what we want, the members should have the guts to stand up to this goverment and say NO MORE CUTS. If the cuts continue they should resign on mass. smilealoft44

8:41pm Wed 18 Dec 13

custos says...

What on earth is an 'overarching project'?
What on earth is an 'overarching project'? custos

8:31am Thu 19 Dec 13

arlbergbahn says...

custos wrote:
What on earth is an 'overarching project'?
I think they're going to build a triumphal arch on the A35 on the approach to Dorchester to celebrate their achievements.
[quote][p][bold]custos[/bold] wrote: What on earth is an 'overarching project'?[/p][/quote]I think they're going to build a triumphal arch on the A35 on the approach to Dorchester to celebrate their achievements. arlbergbahn

12:27pm Thu 19 Dec 13

slayerofsacredcows says...

The DCC is broken and not fit for purpose and should be abolished.

However the way that the support grant penalises Rural areas and penalises the South rather than the North is very unfair and needs reviewing.
The DCC is broken and not fit for purpose and should be abolished. However the way that the support grant penalises Rural areas and penalises the South rather than the North is very unfair and needs reviewing. slayerofsacredcows

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