COUNCIL bosses have launched a public consultation over plans to shake-up the way services are delivered in a bid to save £50m.
Swingeing cuts in central funding mean Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) has to make substantial savings over the next five years.
Proposals include sharing services with other organisations and delivering services through the private sector, council companies, co-operatives and voluntary bodies.
Council leader Mike Jones said: “The potential is huge. It’s vital we understand what the public thinks in order to approach the reviews in a fair and responsive way.”
“No-matter how services are to be delivered, it’s important to remember that council will always be responsible for monitoring the overall standards provided.”
CWaC has saved more than £113m since 2009 but need even more savings. The council now plans a massive review into the way public services are delivered.
The review – called ‘Make or Buy’ – will pose a number of options for service provision and will explore whether council services are delivering what residents need and want and at what cost.
It will also consider how innovation can improve quality and whether organisations outside the council could provide the same service, or better, for less cash.
Once the three-month consultation has ended, the review is expected to take two-years.
If significant changes in delivery are proposed, there will be further consultation with the general public and with particular groups who may be involved.
It’s hoped a summary of the consultation feedback will be presented to executive members at the end of the year followed by a report on their recommendations.
Businesses and individuals can take part in the consultation on-line at www.cheshire westandchester.gov.uk/makeorbuy or complete hard copies of the document available on request at libraries, other council buildings and at some public events.