Cornwall Council shared services privatisation plan: Latest

Discussion on the plan to part privatise some services at Cornwall Council continued this week.

A meeting of the Single Issue Panel (SIP) for Support Services (JV) saw councillors discuss the financial side of the plan, including proposed savings.

Cllr Andrew Wallis (Helston South and Porthleven) said in the report, various Cornwall Council officers remarks said the BT-Lite option, while not matching the original level of savings, was nevertheless a good deal and worthy of consideration. 

However he added he was not sure the bar on what is a good deal is set high enough.

The financial side of the deal including the actual proposed saving to the departments that will be handed over the BT has not be made public.

Mr Wallis said: "I can say there are savings and jobs will be transferred. Also In-house and the part-privatised options were compared. Again, I can only say there are differences in savings between the different options.

"We were also told a robust contract would be in place to make sure the council is protected. And it was made very clear on the massive financial penalties the council would face if the council decided to leave the contract for no real reason. 

It will now be up to the Cabinet to make the final decision as whether to issue the Invite to Tender.

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10:13pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I think the decision should be made by the cabinet after the elections, because who is to say the same Councillors will still be cabinet members or even Councillors after the elections, and therefore they would have made a decision that others will have to take on.
I think the decision should be made by the cabinet after the elections, because who is to say the same Councillors will still be cabinet members or even Councillors after the elections, and therefore they would have made a decision that others will have to take on. Gillian Zella Martin 09

8:01am Fri 22 Feb 13

ucsweb says...

"And it was made very clear on the massive financial penalties the council would face if the council decided to leave the contract for no real reason."

And what penalties to BT-Lite if they fail on the contract? What protection is there to prevent them moving the goal posts and sacking people after it is all signed?
It looks like this type of contract has not worked anywhere else, why would ours be any different?
This is such a major change it should go to full council vote.
"And it was made very clear on the massive financial penalties the council would face if the council decided to leave the contract for no real reason." And what penalties to BT-Lite if they fail on the contract? What protection is there to prevent them moving the goal posts and sacking people after it is all signed? It looks like this type of contract has not worked anywhere else, why would ours be any different? This is such a major change it should go to full council vote. ucsweb

8:49am Fri 22 Feb 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

The 19 page document on it makes very interesting reading, it is on the council website. www.cornwall.gov.uk
The 19 page document on it makes very interesting reading, it is on the council website. www.cornwall.gov.uk Gillian Zella Martin 09

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