Lewisham Council asks staff for ideas to help cut £95m from budget

Barry Quirk -

Barry Quirk - "Major challenge"

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

Lewisham Council is asking its own staff to help find £95m in savings with the help of new 'crowdsourcing' software.

The local authority needs to make the cuts over the next four years and is turning to its own employees for "innovative" and "game-changing" ideas.

Under the scheme, staff can submit their proposals using a new software platform designed by company Wazoku.

Council chief exec Barry Quirk said: "To say that finding such cost savings will be a major challenge is an understatement and to achieve such demanding financial targets we will need innovative and game-changing ideas from all our staff.

"But in reducing costs we also have the opportunity to be more productive in how we work and build a better borough for the next decade. Innovative ideas can come from anywhere within an organisation and it is for precisely this reason that we are using this tool.

"We will involve our staff in the change process and give them some ownership of those changes too."

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9:54pm Sat 26 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

sack lewisham council.
sack lewisham council. white rabbit9
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1:25pm Tue 29 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

What he means is, he and the top knots who earn the most divvies haven't got a clue as to how to run services any more so resort to menial staff to come up with ideas and they take the glory. Cheap skates.
No doubt should they come up with good ideas, then the top knots take the credit, should they come up with useless ideas, they either receive a salary reduction or the sack. Thus saving the top knots more money so that they can earn bigger bonuses.
What he means is, he and the top knots who earn the most divvies haven't got a clue as to how to run services any more so resort to menial staff to come up with ideas and they take the glory. Cheap skates. No doubt should they come up with good ideas, then the top knots take the credit, should they come up with useless ideas, they either receive a salary reduction or the sack. Thus saving the top knots more money so that they can earn bigger bonuses. sarfflondonbird
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