Earlier this year Herefordshire Council and Hoople Ltd announced savings to reduce the cost of council back office services by £1.2million. These savings are helping the council to respond to significant reductions in government funding, whilst still delivering its priorities of keeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life, enabling residents to live safe, healthy and independent lives and investing in projects to improve roads, create jobs and build more homes.
Over recent months the council has carried out a joint review with Hoople to examine the options for commissioning support services in the future and beyond the end of the current contract in 2016. The results of this review are due to be considered by the council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Thursday 31 July.
Since it was established, Hoople has delivered significant savings to the council and has secured business from a range of other customers. Hoople has also successfully developed a positive and customer focused staff culture which has contributed to the company’s success.
The review has considered the future options to determine the best way to deliver value for money, improved back office services and support to the local economy. It will recommend to Cabinet that the council works with Hoople to develop a detailed business case to put in place the necessary changes to allow the council to continue to commission Hoople support services beyond 2016. It will also recommend proposals to enable the company to grow new business and continue to meet the needs of its other customers. The detailed implementation plan will be developed jointly with Hoople.
Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “I am grateful to Hoople and its Board for their support and contribution to this review. I look forward to working with them to put these new arrangements in place, which will ensure that the council receives quality support services at the right price.”