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Council payments to public and outside bodies revealed
Herefordshire Council has sent £22m of its money into Worcestershire over the past financial year.
Worcestershire County Council (WCC) was the biggest beneficiary of the council’s payments to other public bodies over 2011/2012.
That £22m included payments to the pension scheme administered by WCC and the 25 year joint waste disposal contract.
A partnership with the Primary Care Trust (PCT) saw the council paying £3.2m over 2011/2012 - down from £13m in 2010/2011 - while another £9m went to the Wye Valley Health NHS Trust (WVT) and £1.9m to 2gether which runs social and mental health services in the county.
The biggest payouts relating to long term contracts were: • Amey Wye Valley - £32m (up from £30.8m in 2010/2011) in total.
• Amey OW Ltd - £410,000 (down from £2.8m in 2010/2011) for the provision of technical services.
• Focsa UK Ltd - £3.9m (down from 34.5m in 2010/2011) The council has a seven year contract worth around £30.5m with Focsa for the collection of household, recycling and commercial waste.
In 2009 elements of the two contracts with Amey were re-negotiated to form a Managing Agent Contract through which Amey Herefordshire deliver highways, parks and public rights of way service for the council. Through this partnership Amey also deliver a range of support services to the council from printing to fleet maintenance.
The Halo Leisure Trust had £2.4m off the council as a management fee for leisure facilities (up from £2.2m in 2010/2011) while the Courtyard Trust got £356,000, down from £417,000 in 2010/2011, through a commissioning agreement.
Payments to Herefordshire Housing totalled £575,000 (down from £773,000 in 2010/2011) including £342,000 of Supporting People grant.
Hereford Futures had £481,000, down from £586,000 in 2010/2011. The council has an interest in Hereford Futures, a company limited by guarantee with the council as a member. The relationship, however, does not require group accounts as the company provides an independent role in the redevelopment of Hereford.
West Mercia Supplies - a purchasing consortium constituted as a joint committee with Herefordshire Council one of four constituent authorities - received £2.65m down from £2.87m in 2010/2011.
Inter-organisational transaction between the council and Hoople Ltd, the joint venture the council entered into with WVT and PCT to make savings in back office functions - amounted to £9.354m As at March 31 this year there were no capital commitments outstanding payable to Hoople Ltd.
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