County Hall set to invite BT to take on range of council services
CORNWALL Council is set to invite BT to submit a formal tender to take on some council services.
The council's Cabinet met on Monday to consider its plans to set up a joint venture with BT to provide support services.
The project has been hit by setbacks and arguments which have left it a much slimmed-down version of the original proposal.
Council officers had drawn up plans to hand a raft of services to the new public-private partnership, including libraries, procurement and benefits. But councillors objected to such a large-scale privatisation and delayed the project so it could be reduced.
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Former Conservative council leader Alec Robertson was voted out of office after attempting to forge ahead with the project, despite a council vote expressing concern.
The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has since withdrawn from the proposed joint venture. Peninsula Community Health and Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust will be part of the agreement.
The £14.4 million contract – which the council says will offer "guaranteed savings and new jobs in Cornwall" – covers a range of services, including ICT support, 'telehealth' and 'telecare', document management, invoice processing, payroll and employment support and improving information sharing.
The council said BT would be asked to submit its bid later this week.
It added: "This will be evaluated against a set range of criteria, including financials, job creation, trading and inward investment and service delivery and quality."