Police to cop a load of savings by filling up in Scunthorpe at council facility
A fuel sharing initiative between Humberside Police and North Lincolnshire Council will save the force more than £60,000.
The cost saving measure to share fuel facilities in North Lincolnshire has been agreed and will see police able to make use of the North Lincolnshire Council fuel facility in Scunthorpe.
Both parties say the arrangement has a number of benefits, with the force accessing a cheaper fuel than is available through garage forecourts and in doing so providing a valuable police presence at the council's fuel facility both within and outside of normal working hours.Phil Goatley, Assistant Chief Officer at Humberside Police, outlined the details behind the agreement: "As a response to the financial challenges which local public bodies are facing, we continue to explore, together, opportunities to make savings particularly in those areas which allow us to protect frontline services to the public. "Humberside Police and North Lincolnshire Council have signed this agreement which enables the police to share the council's fuelling facility whilst providing an unscheduled around the clock presence at and around this facility.
"This will mean that ultimately 49 Police vehicles will have access to the council facility in Scunthorpe as their primary fuel source. "The joint agreement will save the force an estimated £62,400 in capital expenditure to provide additional police diesel fuel facilities in North Lincolnshire and associated site maintenance costs of around £2,000 each year.
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"In addition, we estimate that we would save, based on the current difference in price between what the council fuel will cost and local garage prices, initially £1,000 per annum on the cost of fuel used, rising to £5,000 per annum as the police fleet in Scunthorpe completes its phased conversion to diesel fuelled vehicles."This agreement follows on from a similar partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Paul Robinson, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Encouraging this type of collaboration is one of the main priorities in my role.
"It is about the police, local authorities, the health service and the other emergency services working together to make us more efficient.
"We all need to deliver a good service at a time of reducing central funding." Councillor Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: "Many residents will be amazed the public bodies don't already work together to reduce their costs.
"However we are committed to working in partnership with anybody who can enable us to reduce our costs in a smarter way.
"It is exactly this sort of partnership that is enabling us in North Lincolnshire to cut the waste and bureaucracy that has existed in the public sector, so in turn we can invest money in Schools, Libraries and care for the elderly."