The Future of Back-Office Services at Suffolk County Council

In a move to find ways of cutting back-office costs as well as duplication between public sector organisations, the county council is currently exploring a new approach to the provision of a whole range of back-office functions, like IT, personnel and payroll.Our current arrangement ends in 2014.  To plan for what happens next, we are talking to all the other local councils in Suffolk, to see if collectively, we can join forces and have a shared approach to back office services.  Clearly each council has its own arrangements and it may not be possible for all of them to commit to the plan, in which case SCC can investigate going out to the market to find an appropriate partner to work with, with the potential for other councils to join us.  The cabinet is set to make a final decision on the way forward at its meeting in October.

Matthew Hancock rides out with racehorse trainer Michael Bell

As part of his preparations for the Newmarket Cavalry Charge, West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock has ridden out today with the racehorse trainer, Michael Bell. Matthew rode out at 7.00am this morning with Michael, who has trained over 1000 winners in his career. 

New chapter for Suffolk’s libraries

Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the county’s library services will be transferred to Suffolk’s Libraries Industrial and Prudential Society (IPS).

Summer Draw

Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Conservative Summer Draw and a big thank you to all members who bought tickets.

Councils Offer Free Insulation

Suffolk County  Council, together with the district and borough councils, are now working with accredited and trusted local companies to provide free* insulation to all residents in Suffolk (*subject to survey, access and existing levels of insulation).  The scheme is being paid for by the big energy companies.