FIFTY of a council’s main suppliers met to brainstorm ways the authority could make savings.
The forum saw representatives discuss ways that Hampshire County Council can spend less and run services to residents as cheaply as possible.
Council leader Roy Perry said: ‘We’re targeting limited resource to where it’s needed most – with services designed around meeting people’s specific needs.
‘Overall, we aim to deliver quality public services that cost the council taxpayer less.
‘Therefore, it is essential that we share our priorities with suppliers so they understand the challenges we face and can help us achieve the efficiencies we need.’
The council spends about £600m in revenue budget each year on external suppliers, who supply services such as children and adult social care, waste disposal, highways maintenance and property.
The authority has saved £240m since 2008 through buying at lower cost, senior management reductions, sharing and selling services, reducing office space and energy bills, and maximising use of technology.
It needs to find a further £98m of savings, bringing the target to £340m – a third of its total gross spending.