Glasgow City Council is set to improve its Council Tax collection from 2008 following an in-depth review of all its Council Tax processes carried out in collaboration with Capgemini Consulting, the consultancy arm of Capgemini UK plc, and building on the extensive work already carried out by the Council in this area.
The eight-week review was carried out by a joint team comprising five Council staff matched by an equal number of consultants from Capgemini. The team identified 54 process improvements which they built into a blueprint for implementation and which will, says the Council, improve council tax collection rates and reduce costs by eliminating duplication and cutting red tape.
Lynn Brown, Finance Director at Glasgow City Council, said: ‘The success of this project shows what can be achieved when the public and private sectors pool their expertise, as we have done to great effect with Capgemini.’
The joint team combined Council expertise in Council Tax and Council Tax benefits legislation and administration with Capgemini’s knowledge of financial process modelling, change management and stakeholder communications to devise new financial control mechanisms, develop customer segmentation, and introduce improved administrative procedures. As a result the Council is planning an annual 2% increase in its council tax collection rates from 2008 and an efficiency saving in administration of over £200,000 per annum.
Janice Timoney, Programme Manager at Glasgow City Council, said:‘Following our collaboration with Capgemini we are now confident that we will achieve significant measurable improvements in the Council’s financial performance from this year and a better service to our customers. Equally important, the skills transfer from Capgemini to our staff will play a part in helping us deliver ongoing year-on-year improvements beyond 2008.’
The Council says that the ongoing financial benefits arising from the project will be used to improve front-line services.
Alison Goldie, Business Development Manager at Capgemini in Scotland, said: ‘Glasgow City Council embarked on this important review with high ambitions and an open mind. If other local authorities can do the same then the benefits across the UK public sector could be immense.’
Capgemini was selected for the project against competitive bids on the quality of its proposals and its proven track record in local government, including a successful recent overhaul of procurement activities at Glasgow City Council. The Council Tax project cost the Council £141,000 in consultancy fees to Capgemini with the project being delivered on time and on budget.
Neil MacLean, Head of Consulting, Scotland at Capgemini, said: ‘The success of this project reaffirms the effectiveness of the collaborative style of working which is one of Capgemini’s greatest strengths.’
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working - the Collaborative Business Experience - and through a global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to offer the right resources in the right location at competitive cost. Present in 36 countries, Capgemini reported 2007 global revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and employs over 83,000 people worldwide.
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