Stoke-on-Trent City Council has spent £1m to ensure its annual £200m budget is spent more efficiently.
The council has awarded a contract to public sector consultant Civica to set up and integrated e-procurement and financial management systems to make buying decisions by its 1,000 staff more cost-effective.
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The council's "Efficiency Agenda" also aims to bring greater transparency to the local authority, which in turn could save 10% of annual expenditure. Civica will complete the first stage of the four-year programme in March next year. It will be based on Civica's Authority Financials and eProcurement systems, which will be integrated with the council's own I&DeA eMarketplace procurement system.
The council's chief executive, Steve Robinson, promised a potential 10% in operational savings under the "Efficiency Agenda", the name given to the integrated e-procurement and financial reporting system. "This will help the authority control - and show stakeholders - how expenditure is directed to improving services to residents," said an official statement.
Electronic recording of all income and expenditure, and automated purchasing and invoicing and debt recovery processes relating to thousands of suppliers could all help save the council £20 million, if the Efficiency Agenda target is met.
The Government's recently announced Comprehensive Spending Review requires councils to save 3% in cashable savings.