More than £60 million has been shaved off the cost of Birmingham City Council’s outside contractors.
The contract and procurement budget has been under review in the last four years after questions were raised about spiralling costs and the way contracts were awarded.
Everything from stationery and staff uniforms, to council house repairs and road maintenance are now contracted out to private companies.
Of the council’s £3.5 billion budget, more than £1 billion goes to outside companies for services. These include adult social care, highways maintenance, IT, construction and council house repairs.
Nigel Kletz, assistant director of procurement, told the council’s new Partnership, Contract Performance and the Third Sector Overview and Scrutiny Committee that the council had turned over a new leaf.
Mr Kletz explained all contracts must to be advertised Europe-wide and, depending on their value, were either approved by a chief officer or, for those over £500,000, by Cabinet.
After the council’s procurement process was criticised, it was overhauled and since then the savings had reached £60.4 million.