Fareham Borough Council’s money-saving methods praised

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FAREHAM Borough Council has been praised in a government report that highlights ways for local authorities to save cash.

The document, entitled 50 ways to Save - Examples of Sensible Savings in Local Government, highlights Fareham for saving nearly £500,000 by reducing staff absenteeism.

It said: ‘By developing in-house computer software that brought patterns of absence to managers’ attention, the council reduced average sickness rates from 10.6 days in 2003-04 to 7.2 days in 2010-11, saving “lost days” worth £446,000.’

Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘We’re proud of our record for always looking for the highest standards for the lowest possible cost.’