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Mole Valley District Council - Balancing the Budget With budgets being squeezed at this difficult economic time, things are no different for Mole Valley District Council and savings have had to be made. With Value for Money being a key part of the Council’s Corporate Plan, how has MVDC managed a balance budget, with no rise in its portion of council tax, for 2012/13?

Council is investing £130,000 in an additional lorry and crew for garden waste. This fits with one of the aims in our Corporate Plan to provide a better environment.

Councillor Clare Curran, Portfolio Holder for Finance, said “Balancing the budget has been a difficult but necessary task. We are committed to providing value for money to A key part of the council’s approach to all its our residents whilst working hard to ensure decision-making has been to engage with its that we improve access to services and residents and listen to their views. There provide a better environment. We are have been many examples of this in the last grateful to those residents who responded to year, particularly around proposals for the our recent consultations and we hope that future of Dorking Town Centre. In 2012/13 more will get involved in such surveys in the we will continue to listen to residents about future. Our residents’ views are a valuable their views on delivery of our services. part of our decision-making process.” Partnership working is a key way of achieving savings whilst also providing improved service or more resilience. By sharing the Council’s own IT, Environmental Health and Policy services with other authorities, Mole Valley plans to save £95,000 over the next two years. A partnership with Surrey County Council has allowed the introduction of a shared management post between the District Council’s Environmental Health and County’s Trading Standards teams. For Mole Valley residents this means we will make savings and provide improved services in areas such as food hygiene and licensing.

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Other savings have been made by making better use of procurement. As a district authority there are some items that Mole Valley must purchase at a high volume such as print and mail. Through more careful management of these contracts and others, a saving of £49,000 over two years is being realised.

 • Hardware and Technical Support • Broadband problems • Hardware installation • Computer setup • Virus and Spyware removal • Wireless network installation • Computer rebuilds and maintenance • Data backup and transfer

In order to manage costs a third year pay freeze for council staff and members has also been implemented. The council has also negotiated service improvement or reduced inflationary increases with its contractors where possible. The council is also investing in the community’s desire to recycle. To keep up with resident demands for more garden waste recycling facilities, the District



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