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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

No Adult Social Care saving yet by Transformation Partner

July 19, 2013 3:17 PM

George Koowaree"No Adult Social Care Saving yet by Transformation Consultants" was the message given to the Kent County Council Meeting on Thursday by Kent County Council Cabinet Member, Graham Gibbens.

Councillor George Koowaree asked what savings had been made to date since the highly controversial decision had been taken by the Conservative administration in April 2013 to appoint transformation and efficiency partner, Newton Europe at a costing of £5.4m.

Kent County Council made the decision to appoint Newton Europe to identify savings in Adult Social Care. In the lead up to taking the decision, Paul Carter Leader of KCC had said "Every week that the decision is delayed is costing the Council £300,000 - £400,000 of 'lost' savings and Newton Europe have assembled a crack team to start work as soon as the contract is in force."

In response to Mr Koowaree's question, Graham Gibbens said:

"It was true to say that each month of delay means £1.5m savings not made in 13/14. This is because getting the programme fully up and running has been delayed and the opportunity to make those savings in this financial year has been lost."

George Koowaree did not accept the reasons given and was expressed his concern that despite promises made when the decision was taken, savings were not being delivered and would therefore have an impact on future levels of service .