SSDC transformation starts to bear fruit
In 2016 South Somerset District Council undertook a Transformation to reduce the cost base of the authority. It aimed to reorganise the way services were delivered. The costs of Transformation were expected to be around £4.7m as this paper produced by SSDC shows (see Appendix 1 at the end of the document).
So how has it gone? The latest (but still only draft) accounts suggest quite well. If you look at total staff costs for 2019/20 you’ll see that they fallen to £17.78m from £20.9m in 2018/19. That £3m saving looks like a substantial and substantive achievement. It is also in line with the level of saving predicted by SSDC back in 2016 when they started out on the exercise.
So just out of curiosity we went back to the accounts for 2016/17 to see how things were at the start. Which is where life gets interesting. For the year in which Transformation started staff costs were just £17.066m.
In fact reviewing the years of Transformation in order is quite a revealing exercise:
- 2016/17 £17.066m
- 2017/18 £18.823m
- 2018/19 £20.918m
- 2019/20 £17.78m
In other words after spending over £4.7m on the exercise, including redundancy costs, today SSDC is spending slightly more on staff than it did before the exercise began.