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Money-saving improvements to be identified at Moray Council

Press release   •   Jun 29, 2018 12:01 BST

MORAY Council is to bring in external consultants to identify money-saving improvements.

The authority is seeking expertise from i-ese - a not-for-profit social enterprise - to help modernise and improve services, as well as delivering further savings to ensure the council is financially sustainable. It comes as the council yesterday reiterated that it’s facing a £12.4million deficit in its 2019/20 budget.

Opportunities for savings will be identified as part of the eight-week programme of work, as well as the potential scale of savings.

Convener of Moray Council, Cllr Shona Morrison, said: “i-ese have a considerable track record in helping councils to identify savings and it’s clear that we need to do more to balance the budget in February 2019.

“We were impressed by i-ese’s inclusive and enabling approach to build skills within the council for future changes. Their work will support transformation from a customer’s perspective, review our processes and remove parts which are of no value to our customers. All of this only seeks to improve the services which we offer to Moray residents, and offer best value for money to taxpayers.

“The work i-ese will be carrying out will simply be to identify opportunities for change; it will be up to the council to decide which ones should be taken forward, and how we manage this.”

Preparatory work will begin immediately so that the project can get under way as early as possible after the summer.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

Comments (3)

    I seem to remember recommending something similar 6 years ago as a community councillor. :-) About the same time as we recommended solar panels which, at that time, were free to councils.

    - Robert Hellyer - Jun 29, 2018 12:14 BST

    What is the actual cost of bringing thease consultants in?

    - Jeff Hamilton - Jun 29, 2018 13:15 BST

    Hi Jeff,
    Sorry, can't release that yet as it's commercially sensitive, but please note that it is a not-for-profit social enterprise the council is engaging, so the costs are more modest.

    - Peter Jones - Jun 29, 2018 13:20 BST

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