Councillors vote 'no' to private sector link
Councillors in Cornwall have voted against joining forces with the private sector to run services, including libraries, benefit payments, IT and payroll.
Yesterday, 46 Cornwall councillors voted in favour of a motion that an earlier Cabinet decision to tender for private sector bids was not in the best interests of the people of Cornwall.
In total, 29 voted against – 14 abstained.
Cabinet took the step in July sparking accusations the authority was part-privatising services – a claim denied by supporters.
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BT and Computer Sciences Corporation are currently in the running for a contract estimated to be worth between £210 million and £800 million.
A joint venture company would be set up with the winner and the council as an independent enterprise to run services.
Councillor Jeremy Rowe who spoke in favour of the motion said he feared the deal would be the "thin end of the wedge" with the loss of future services. Councillor Neil Burden, who was against the motion, said working with the private sector was the only way to maintain services.