Reviewing the situation

Last week the Senior Leadership Team undertook its regular review of the county council’s transformation programme and budget position.

The verdict, as we get close to the half-year point, it that we are on track to deliver a balanced budget in 2011/12 if we continue to retain a clear focus on delivering all our savings plans as well as reducing our every day spending.

A huge amount of hard work has gone into getting us to that position – from within service teams, the Transformation Support Unit and all the support services.  It is important that we keep focused for the rest of this year and deliver on our plans, however the signs are good and this is down to your hard work and commitment. Thank you and keep up the good work.

As you know we need to save around £120m over three years.  The transformation programme and continued implementation of the operating model and news ways of working such as one council review of support services and the creation of a single customer access point will contribute to this target.  However, there is a funding gap for next year, and we are asking senior management teams to investigate further savings options.  This will be difficult and challenging but I am confident that we can achieve it hard work and a team effort.  We will announce more as our plans develop.

On a separate note, there are some exciting developments for prosperity in Staffordshire.  I mentioned on the blog a few weeks ago that Amazon is coming to Rugeley, 900 new jobs have just been advertised and will have a big impact in Rugelely and the surrounding areas.  I’m also very excited that we may have an even bigger prosperity/ jobs for Staffordshire announcement soon – watch this space!

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