Lambeth council is considering plans to dramatically reduce the amount of buildings it uses in a bid to save millions. It is hoped that the reorganisation will save £2m million per year in running costs and potentially free up buildings for sale which could raise up to £20 million.
Following a major reduction in government funding, the council has around 20% less staff and consequently needs less office accommodation. Encouraging staff to work more flexibly and the streamlining of services, also frees up space.
Every council building is being considered as part of the Office Accommodation strategy and while the emphasis is on saving money, the council will also consult with residents to ensure that they are still easily able to access key buildings and services.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Jackie Meldrum said ; “Since the government cut our funding by a third our work force has changed dramatically and so it makes sense to review our use of offices.
Every penny of the money raised will go back into council priorities such as schools, roads and housing.
“Despite the major cuts, our priority has always been to protect frontline services and the office strategy is part of a range of measures to streamline and even raise money wherever possible.
Other council initiatives to save money include sharing some back office services with neighbouring councils and a new deal with Capita to run the council’s customer services which is set to save around £1 million pounds a year.