Offer of financial help to councils
COUNCILS in England were warned recently that there was a real danger they could run out of money. This is tough news; councils are faced with an ever-increasing need to find savings.
Sadly in many cases that is leading to a reduction in much-needed front-line services. Surely there must be another way?
I would invite councils to explore the savings to be made through improved efficiency within their technology systems, rather than simply making service cuts. They may be surprised with the results.
Managing social care payments is just one area where significant savings can be made. We know this at first hand, having worked with various councils to develop a sophisticated card management system to distribute social care payments with greater efficiency and transparency – and in turn this leads to real monetary savings, from day one.
We worked closely with our council clients to help them deliver their very clear objectives of using technology to improve services and save costs, not just in year one but every year. Councils may well have different requirements but what’s