IT sav­ings will no longer be met

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Mil­lions of pounds of ICT sav­ings will no longer be met with the coun­cil chang­ing its cur­rent sys­tem. The bud­get pro­pos­als re­veal an ex­tra cost of around £3 mil­lion over the next three years as “sav­ings and in­come pre­vi­ously in­tended to be de­liv­ered will not be re­alised”. The coun­cil said it is now chang­ing its cur­rent sys­tem to use a sim­i­lar sys­tem to Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil which will al­low for more ef­fi­cien­cies and sav­ings in the longer term. An ex­tra £490,000 a year will also be col­lected in coun­cil tax due to a “fur­ther im­prove­ment” in col­lec­tion rates. Coun­cil leader Cllr John Holdich said this was due to less move­ment of peo­ple around the city. Mean­while, the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in Bridge Street will now move into the Town Hall to al­low the coun­cil to rent out the empty unit for £42,000 a year. Ser­vices cur­rently pro­vided at Ba­yard Place will also be pro­vided in two units in Bridge Street, one of which is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Puz­zles? which is mov­ing two doors down to the former Costa cof­fee shop. The coun­cil said it will help Puz­zles? with its re­lo­ca­tion costs. The im­mi­nent sale of Ba­yard Place, which was on the mar­ket for £6.2 mil­lion, will help the coun­cil bal­ance its deficit.

The Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in Bridge Street

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