WELB saved £428k last year

LAST year the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) saved £428k on goods and services procured whilst spending a total of £39,720,000, the Education Minister John O’Dowd has revealed.

Mr O’Dowd also revealed that the value of the goods and services procured in WELB over the past five years was £170,730,000.

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey asked the Minsiter asked what level of savings had been achieved on goods and services procured over the past five years.

Mr O’Dowd replied: “Savings on goods and services by Education and Library Boards have only been monitored since the Savings Delivery Plan was established in 2011/12.” He revealed WELB saved £428k last year.

The savings relate to WELB’s recurrent expenditure only, and do not include capital expenditure or schools delegated budgets.