Councils should repair not replace
Austerity cuts and the state of the public finances are regular features in the news, with councils facing tough budget pressures and having to make huge cuts in services.
As 2014 comes to an end, the UK Government debt will hit the £1.5 trillion mark; while in his latest statement, Chancellor George Osborne announced that cuts in Government spending would have to be much deeper – just to bring down the continuing budget deficit during the next five year Parliament.
So for local and county councils throughout the UK looking for new ways to save money, Plastic Surgeon’s New Year message is to repair rather than replace.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking at chipped washbasins and worktops in council houses, eroded stonework on some great municipal building or graffiti damage in council play areas, Plastic Surgeon’s technical team has developed carefully formulated repair solutions that enable most building components to be saved from needing replacement.
With well over 100 highly trained Finishers out on the road across the whole of the UK, the cost-effective cosmetic repair service enables councils to tackle damaged building interiors and exteriors in the most economically sensible way possible.
With council building repairs averaging out at around £20 per item, we typically save clients £3 for every £1 spent on our skills, while we prevent thousands of tonnes of damaged items from going to landfill waste.
The economy and world we live in may have changed dramatically in recent decades, but the old saying that “if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves” still holds true – even if inflation now means it should now be “pounds” and “millions”.
At Plastic Surgeon, we believe every local authority and public sector body’s New Year’s resolution should be to adopt our mantra of “Repair rather than replace”. And it’s sustainable as well as making economic sense.
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