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Efficient Enfield up for Local Government Gong

Published Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Enfield Council’s excellent record on efficiency savings and use of resources has led the authority to be shortlisted for a top local government award.

Enfield - which has moved to be a four star authority from its lowly one star status six years ago - will be pitched against South London councils Croydon and Lambeth plus Peterborough City, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse and Teignbridge councils for the Local Government Chronicle Awards at a ceremony in the Grovesnor Hotel on March 24.

Councillor Ertan Hurer, cabinet member for finance and resources said: "We have made £30 million savings over the last four years, with £14 million made in the last year alone.

"It's part of our determination to get more bang for council taxpayers' buck without compromising on our commitment to deliver first class front line services."

The authority's success in reducing costs and streamlining services have been achieved by:

- Innovative procurement projects including 'e-auctions'
- In-house Leaner project,  promoting hot desking and remote working
- Right First Time initiative - which focuses on improving customer access into services
 - Reducing work spaces, duplication and back-office functions
- Smarter commissioning of adult and children services

James Rolfe, director of finance and resources said: "We have made great gains in reducing red tape and waste. It's no secret that there will be even greater pressure on councils to provide innovative solutions to get more with less.  Enfield is well placed to meet this challenge."

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