Barnet confirms Capita for planning outsource

Barnet Council’s Cabinet has approved Capita as the preferred bidder to join the council in a joint venture to deliver development and regulatory services in the borough.

The contract will be delivered by Capita’s property and infrastructure business.

The council says the deal is worth £39 million in savings and income on a £154 million 10 years contract. The business will be based in Barnet and will keep staffing at broadly the current level. EC Harris was appointed as reserve bidder.

In addition to financial savings the proposals also provide for an investment of £8.2million, largely in new technology, improving facilities and staff training.

The final signing of the contract is dependant on a case going before the Court of Appeal on 15 and 16 July.  In April this year Barnet Council was successful in court when a resident was refused leave to seek a Judicial Review into the awarding of two other council contracts.

Council Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “This is a very good deal for staff, a very good deal for the taxpayer and a very good deal for the council. It will see services improved, jobs protected and savings to the council taxpayer. It is obviously frustrating we are not able to go ahead and sign the DRS or NSCSO contracts now but we have said we will not sign the contracts until the appeal is heard.”

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