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
“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.”
Clive Palfreyman, Director – Finance and Corporate Services
How Liberata helped
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year we have introduced new formats to reach a wider audience and make it easier for the people to contact the council.
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.