First place in Business Rates for Hounslow

London Borough of Hounslow

Best Practice And Strong Governance

Record collection levels and reduced processing times deliver savings and offer citizens better access to services

London’s ninth largest borough to the west of the centre bordering Heathrow Airport, the London Borough of Hounslow need to save an additional £7.3m from their budget in 2018-19. Liberata is supporting them to meet this and future reduction with minimal impact on services. With the contract recently renewed and new services added, Hounslow has extended its trust in Liberata to 20 years.

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Since entering the strategic partnership with Liberata in 2005, we have not only seen year-on-year improvements in revenue collection rates, but improved levels of service delivered to benefit claimants.

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Clive Palfreyman

Director - Finance and Corporate Services

Our targets were...

Deliver Savings

Saving delivered upfront (at no risk to the council) through a strong partnership and governance model.

Improve and Upgrade Systems

information, a focus on debt recovery and SMS messaging.

Channel Migration Plan

A continued drive to move citizens online for council transactions has seen a decline in face-to-face customer services and an increase of 60% in those accounts transferred to ebilling.

Customer Services

This drive to online and self-service is freeing up resources to be able to offer appointments to those that need them most including welfare visits to people’s home and support for those returning home from care.

Improve Collection Rates

Almost 100% collection on Business Rates and highest level of Council Tax cash collected.

Implement Best Practice

The council benefit from using Liberata’s shared service centre, accessing systems and best practice from across the UK.

How Liberata helped

Navigate

We have implemented triage services at the customer services centre to help customers go online with their own device, to organise a home visit or book a one-to-one appointment where more support is needed.

Unity

We work in partnership with the council to provide seamless services that help them operate in a changing environment. There are close working relationships with daily interactions and a shared joint approach to problem solving.

Reach

There are monthly briefing for Liberata staff and an environment that encourages collaboration. This ensures staff are up to speed on the latest legislative changes and that they are sharing best practice across the team, serving their customers better.

Toolkits

We have introduced partial home working for colleagues who wish to take this up including a technology toolkit to support a commitment to reducing occupation in advance of a move to new premises in 2019.

Engagement

This year we have introduced new formats to reach a wider audience and make it easier for the people to contact the council.

Social value

Ensuring that vulnerable customers and those that have difficulty getting online still have the same access to services as others via home visits and working with local disability groups.

What we achieved

£200m

additional Business Rates collected whilst achieving almost 100% collection

£21k

reductions in customer services calls due to continuing rollout of self-serve

92%

of customers seen in 15 minutes, the best results ever

1.73

days removed from new claims processing

1855

new Council Tax accounts and the highest cash collection result

55%

take-up of self-serve in year

Find out how we can help. Talk to us about a strategic partnership.