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Statement of efficiency gains 2010/11

Period covering 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011

The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 requires SPT to publish an efficiency statement after the end of each financial year. This statement identifies the steps taken by SPT during that financial year:

  • to promote and increase sustainable growth through the exercise of its functions; and
  • to improve efficiency, effectiveness and economy in the exercise of its functions.

The relevant efficiency statement for SPT for the year ending 31 March 2011 is set out below.

The Act also requires SPT to provide details on the current level of shared services provided by the public body. During the year SPT has:

  • in partnership with Glasgow City Council Social Work department, delivered savings of over 40% on voluntary club transport costs through improved scheduling using SPT’s travel dispatch centre;
  • delivered on behalf of 11 local authorities school transport planning, delivery and monitoring of services;
  • delivered the management and maintenance of bus stops and shelters; and
  • managed and monitored the Strathclyde Concession Scheme on behalf of 12 local authorities.

Statement of Efficiency

Theme Description of efficiency measure identified to be delivered Anticipated saving Impact on service delivery and performance / other information
Procurement Utilisation of national electricity contract and capture of benefits from existing usage initiatives. £357,000 Obtain savings from national electricity contract and usage initiatives.
Procurement Various efficiency savings on external communications contracts. £118,000 Obtain savings from review of external communications contracts.
Procurement Various efficiency savings on external support contracts. £80,000 Obtain efficiencies from review of IT support contracts.
Workforce Planning Revise staffing levels. £443,000 Obtain staff savings from management efficiencies in several departments.
Workforce Planning Savings accruing from implementation of approved Policy & Strategy, Projects and Property structure. £365,000 Obtain staff savings from implementation of revised, approved Policy & Strategy, Projects and Property structure and other management efficiencies.
Workforce Planning Savings accruing from implementation of approved Communications structure. £196,000 Obtain staff savings from implementation of revised, approved Communications structure and other management efficiencies.
Asset Management Various efficiency savings on maintenance processes. £214,000 Various efficiency savings on maintenance processes.
Streamlining Bureaucracy Savings accruing from implementation of approved HR structure. £128,000 Obtain staff savings from implementation of revised, approved HR structure and other management efficiencies.
Shared Services Various efficiency savings in support of agency contracts. £68,000 Obtain staff savings from management efficiencies.
Other Reduce learning & development budget in line with staffing numbers and operational needs. £50,000 Obtain efficiencies from revised assessment of learning & development needs.
Total £2,019,000