A local authority is planning to downsize its operations - including moving to smaller offices - in order to cut expenditure for taxpayers.

Council downsizes to cut public spending

Cheltenham Borough Council has set out a new strategy that is set to come into phased effect from 2014 onwards, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.

The management team will be reduced in size from seven members to four, including the loss of a director for health and wellbeing post because of a new leisure and culture trust.

Meanwhile, sharing services with neighbouring authorities has allowed Cheltenham to reduce the cost of the services it delivers from £20 million to about £10 million.

Since 2008, the number of people employed full-time by the authority has fallen to 350, down from 640, which has also permitted a reduction in office space.

Chief executive Andrew North commented: "Through a number of measures we have increased our efficiency, effectiveness and value for money. With significant central government cuts, it makes sense to consider our future as a much smaller organisation.

"A smaller-sized council means we can reduce overheads in areas such as office space, support services and senior management."

It comes after it was revealed by the Financial Times last month that some of Britain's biggest banks could be cutting the amount of office space they use in London by 2015.

Commercial property services firm CB Richard Ellis found that three-quarters of financial institutions plan to do this because of rising overheads and escalating rents.

Many other organisations could be intending to do the same, as real estate is getting ever-more costly in the current economic climate. Smaller workplaces not only mean reduced rental costs, but also lower heating and lighting bills.

However, it may be necessary to do something about all the paperwork, as it may be difficult to condense it into a smaller office.

One solution could be to seek out document scanning solutions from Storetec, which will increase valuable floor space by turning all paperwork into digital files.

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