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Staffordshire County Council is to prioritise spending on its key care responsibilities.

New software upgrade would save millions of pounds

Potential total savings of £5.5 million are expected if Staffordshire County Council opts for a new HR and payroll system and service.

The authority is considering installing a new system already in use by other public sector bodies.

Ian Parry, deputy leader and cabinet member for Finance and Corporate Matters, said:

 In recent years the council has moved from delivering many services to commissioning them to ensure best use of resources and to allow us to focus on protecting the vulnerable and supporting those who need help in the community.

However our software systems are more than a decade old and no longer fully meet our needs, so as contracts end it makes sense to review what we have to see if it’s fit for the future and best value for money.”

The proposed system, provided by Liberata UK, is already being used for more than 600 organisations, including Worcestershire County Council and the police forces in Warwickshire and West Mercia.

If the cabinet agrees the proposal when it meets on June 15, the authority will work to finalise a minimum three year agreement, with the option of a maximum nine years. The £5.5 million saving is the projected difference between the current and new costs over nine years.

The move follows a previous decision in December last year to upgrade the council’s  finance system, saving £250,000 a year.

Ian Parry said:

People rightly expect us to spend every pound of taxpayers’ money as wisely as possible and this is part and parcel of that approach.”