BT welcomes plan for privatisation
CORNWALL Council's decision to press ahead with cut-down plans to privatise some services has been welcomed by the firm in the running to win the contract.
At a meeting of the full council last week it was agreed that what has been dubbed as "BT Light" should progress following a fractious few months at County Hall.
Former council leader Alec Robertson was ousted from his post and several Cabinet members resigned after councillors spoke out against the plans to form a new partnership with a private company to provide services such as libraries and back office functions.
The Joint Venture (JV) project also includes working alongside health organisations in Cornwall to provide their IT systems as well as telehealth services.
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Under the "light" version agreed by the council last week key services such as libraries, face to face customer services and procurement will remain with the council while services such as IT and payroll would be provided by the private firm.
A report to councillors last week stated that negotiations would have to take place with BT and the health partners before any deal for the light JV could be agreed.
This week BT welcomed the council's decision.
A statement said: "BT is delighted that Cornwall Council has decided to progress to the final stages in developing a partnership with their health partners and BT and we look forward to working with them over the coming weeks to conclude the process."
If the proposal goes ahead some 340 council staff would transfer to the new company along with around 150 health staff.