An innovative London efficiency project has been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious annual Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
The Supplier Relationship Development Project (SRDP) is funded by London’s Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Capital Ambition, which is part of London Councils. The project helps London boroughs save taxpayers’ money and deliver better services.
London local authorities spend around £8.9bn a year on goods and services. While boroughs would normally negotiate contacts individually with companies, the SRDP aims to use the collaborative purchasing power of all the authorities with contracts with a supplier to explore common ways of working, which benefit both sides.
The scheme, led by London Fire Brigade, is currently being trialled with some of the London boroughs which have contracts with Veolia Environmental Services for waste services and Care UK for care services.
The scheme has already identified savings totalling £3m through introducing a new style of rubbish bins for blocks of flats and other multi-occupancy homes. Fewer journeys will be required to collect the rubbish, leading to a reduction of nearly 528,000 kg of CO2 emissions.
Working with Care UK, SRDP is seeking to deliver a range of improvements across care services, including ensuring that those taking advantage of the new personalisation agenda – where people are given control of a budget to choose their own care services – are given a consistent level of support.