Wandsworth cuts could see buildings sold

Wandsworth Council is planning to cut back office costs and dispose of unwanted buildings as part of a cost cutting programme.

The council says they will look at outsourcing a series of services, and at streamlining back office teams – such as departmental finance teams.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “Every town hall in Britain is having to play its role in reducing the nation’s debt and deficit levels. We will continue to bear down on costs, as we have done successfully for the past three decades, to ensure that not only do taxpayers get full value for their money, but that we also protect the frontline services that our residents rely on.

“We will do this by cutting down on back office costs, selling off vacant buildings, market testing our services, reducing the number of high paid managers and looking at intelligent new ways of generating extra income.”

The council’s proposals include cutting the number of council departments from six to four, rationalising all departmental finance teams, and reducing the number of buildings used by the council.

 

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