MORE public services will be outsourced as the Isle of Wight Council looks to make savings.
A new procurement strategy, which sets out how the council will procure services over the next five years, emphasises the need to work jointly with public sector bodies such as the NHS and Hampshire County Council, and to manage contracts more effectively in the wake of the Cowes Enterprise College fiasco.
Procurement accounts for around 36 per cent — £87.7 million — of the council’s budget, and includes significant spend on services — including waste collection and disposal and residential care.
According to a report presented to the council cabinet, which approved the strategy last Tuesday: "The council faces a significant level of reduction in the resources it will have available to fund services. The current level of service delivery and the activities it undertakes is not affordable.
"The procurement strategy will be an important element in enabling savings to be achieved. The council has an obligation to demonstrate it is obtaining value for money for the taxpayer.
"Continuing to do things in the same way as they have been done in the past is not an option.
"The council will need to continue to transform, to become a leaner and more agile organisation and will have to work differently to deliver better and more focused services for less by moving from being a service provider to a service commissioner."
Cllr Rodney Downer, of the overview and scrutiny committee, asked for the specifications of all large contracts awarded over the past two years, including details of penalty clauses, to be made available for scrutiny.