validus management consultancy UK

Local Government Case Study

An Essex based Local Authority

Cost savings while maintaining service delivery
Consistent, aligned thinking achieved within management team and project implemented


An Essex based Local Authority


  • The Council was required to make substantial cost savings whilst ensuring service delivery was not put at risk
  • There were differing views within the senior management team on where efficiency gains and cost savings could be achieved to match the scale of requirements
  • An internal team had been appointed to ensure delivery, however this lacked the skills and experience of managing similar programmes


  • One-to-one interviews with key executive directors and service heads to gain views and perceptions
  • Carried out desk-top 'benchmarking' exercise against a family group of Councils, taking into account other Councils strategic parameters
  • Feedback into executive alignment workshops focusing on:
    • External stakeholder relationships and management
    • Internal delivery capability strengths and weaknesses
    • Effective use of internal resources and skills
    • Opportunities for outsourcing and partnership working
    • Priority areas for the Council and community
    • Required outcomes
  • Developed and agreed priority areas for attention and clear targets
  • Integrated a series on individual improvement initiatives into an overall transformation programme
  • Developed a clear structure and framework for delivery
  • Coached internal team plus service managers in implementation management tools and techniques


  • Achieved alignment of thinking amongst senior management team regarding priority areas and targets
  • Provided a clear framework to evaluate strategic options and make clear decisions
  • Enhanced internal management capability in identifying and agreeing areas for improvement, often involving 'sensitivities'
  • Established a clear structure and framework to ensure effective implementation and delivery of cost reduction / efficiency improvements
  • Programme now being implemented