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Mayor intensifies focus on Value for Money

Thursday 22 March 2018

Mayor intensifies focus on Value for Money

Auckland Council’s Governing Body today voted in favour of Mayor Phil Goff’s sharper focus on delivering cost savings and efficiencies at Auckland Council by approving Council’s Appointment and Performance Review (APR) Committee oversight of the Mayor’s Value for Money programme.

Mayor Phil Goff said, “Council has an obligation to ensure that what we do is effective and efficient, and provides Auckland residents with the best value for the money they invest in us.

“The APR committee will ensure a comprehensive approach to finding cost savings and better services at Council, and ensure council can provide better value for money to Aucklanders.

“The new responsibilities of the APR will include overseeing the council’s programme of section 17A reviews that have already identified $373 million of savings that council is working to secure.

“The committee will also report and make recommendations to the Governing Body on efficiency initiatives outside the scope of section 17A reviews.

“I want council’s elected members intimately involved in delivering value for money at council. The ratepayers demand it of us and a sharper focus on value for money from the APR committee will keep council on pace to deliver the cost savings identified through the value for money reviews.

“I have asked Councillor Desley Simpson to work alongside me to ensure we deliver value for money in everything we do,” said Mayor Goff.

To reflect the broader responsibilities, the committee has been renamed Appointments, Performance Review and Value for Money Committee.

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