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THOUSANDS of pounds have been saved by Wigan Council after teaming up with other authorities for a major new contract.

The council is one of many to now benefit from £60,000 cost savings since choosing YPO (Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation) as their key source of supply for all their plumbing and heating needs.

The new cost savvy Plumbing and Heating Materials Contract is worth over £10m and will benefit the residents of Wigan for the next four years.

YPO have awarded the contract to Bilbeck (Merchants) Ltd, successfully procuring a seven per cent saving from the previous year helping to save councils across the UK thousands of pounds as well as the time and effort associated with going out to tender.

Helen Wardman, Category Manager for Commercial Services and Waste Management at YPO said: “We are delighted that, once again, we have been able to deliver cost savings for our customers at a time when budgets must be stretched further than ever.

“With the rising cost of gas and oil as well as the current economic climate and the continuing recession, procuring a seven per cent cost saving is a great achievement for YPO, highlighting the organisation’s procurement power.”

Jim McCartney, Stores Procurement and Waste Manager at Wigan Council said: “The plumbing and heating contract that we use from YPO suits our needs exactly for this area of our business.

“We get excellent service and quality from YPO “

Other users of the UK wide contract include Wakefield Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Bury Council, Mansfield District Council, Knowsley Housing Trust and Ashfield Homes.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Efficiency, Coun Fred Walker said: “In these hard times the council and its partners are committed to getting the best value for money services we possibly can.

“Joining forces with YPO on this initiative is a perfect example of this.

“When it comes to procurement issues we are constantly looking at smarter ways of working that save the authority and ultimately the council tax payer money.

“Not only do we get the benefit of this great service but the savings we have made can be directed to those high-priority front-line services we have pledged to protect.”