Rubbish contractor Ubico Ltd set to save Cotswold District Council £5million over five years

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A Ubico truck in Cirencester A Ubico truck in Cirencester

THE way that rubbish is collected across the Cotswolds is just one of the reasons why council tax in the district has fallen.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, leader of Cotswold District Council, said the massive savings made by waste contractor Ubico Ltd has enabled the council to lower its rate of tax and also cap prices for its environmental services.

He said: “Ubico generated considerable savings which have helped us to reduce our share of council tax bills and freeze prices for parking, green waste collections and leisure until at least 2016.”

The leader made the announcement after it was revealed that Ubico is currently on course to deliver up to £5million in savings to the taxpayer.

Ubico, which was set up by CDC and Cheltenham Borough Councils in 2012, was formed to cut running costs for the two authorities which would be worth a combined annual total of £700,000.

However the company has outperformed its target over the last two years and officials are confident that more by 2019 more than £5million will have been saved.

Rob Bell, managing director of Ubico, said: “Our relatively seamless transition to new working arrangements when we first launched was a key factor in boosting our efficiency and our employees have continued to function effectively across both districts.”

Cllr Stowe said that Ubico’s success had surpassed all expectations and that the company had done “spectacularly well” since its inception.

Cotswold District Council was recently recognised by central government for its cost-cutting measures and was awarded £500,000 as a result.

Visit www.cotswold.gov.uk for more information.

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10:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Alvin Sepert says...

The Tory's policies are Rubbish
Or so the LlibDems said
They were right they were about rubbish
and they saved us five million quid.

LibDems bang on about gay rights day
and car parking charges and that
And fiddling about with trivia
and other stuff that is just old hat.

But consider what really matters
To people like you and like me
Keeping money in our bank or pocket
And keep Tories in at CDC
The Tory's policies are Rubbish Or so the LlibDems said They were right they were about rubbish and they saved us five million quid. LibDems bang on about gay rights day and car parking charges and that And fiddling about with trivia and other stuff that is just old hat. But consider what really matters To people like you and like me Keeping money in our bank or pocket And keep Tories in at CDC Alvin Sepert
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6:30am Wed 23 Apr 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Amazing

Based on spurious projections by 2019 we'll have more than enough savings to reduce Council Tax by half.

We're more likely to see Elvis play the Corn Hall.
Amazing Based on spurious projections by 2019 we'll have more than enough savings to reduce Council Tax by half. We're more likely to see Elvis play the Corn Hall. Olly Cromwell
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8:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Col Mustard says...

Yes when it comes to talking rubbish the Tories do it the best!
Suddenly savings are found , a miracle !

Nothing to do with the forthcoming elections resulting in the death of the Conservative party ,the consigning of the Libdems to the wilderness and the lying Labour party finally be rumbled for what it is......
Yes when it comes to talking rubbish the Tories do it the best! Suddenly savings are found , a miracle ! Nothing to do with the forthcoming elections resulting in the death of the Conservative party ,the consigning of the Libdems to the wilderness and the lying Labour party finally be rumbled for what it is...... Col Mustard
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