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Councils to declare building operation costs | 11 August 2011

All government authorities could soon publish a list of all their property assets in a bid to drive down operations costs.

As local councils and authorities come under increasing pressure to cut costs, the government is in the process of passing a law which means all records of property assets have to be published, including everything from small community centres and tennis courts to huge stadia and tower blocks, fm-world.co.uk reports.

Unveiling the plan, communities secretary Eric Pickles claimed that the scheme would allow the public to see how the authorities are using their funding, what properties are not being used and which ones could be better managed. He also claimed that if the scheme goes to plan, as much as £35 billion of public money could be saved in the next ten years.

Speaking to wired.gov.net, a spokesperson from the Department of Communities and Local Government explained: “A recent independent report found that local government and the public sector could save up to £7 billion a year in operational costs through better property management.

“Annual running costs top £25 billion and the backlog of maintenance repairs has estimated to be around 40 billion.”

Written by David Howells on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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