Crisis council plans PPP to save services

first_imgCrisis council plans PPP to save servicesOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Crisis-hit Walsall Council is planning a partnership with the private sectorto try and turn around its performance. The proposed 10-year deal follows heavy criticism of council services by theDepartment of Health, schools’ watchdog Ofsted and the Audit Commission. Under the £30m joint-venture partnership, HR would be outsourced along witha number of frontline services. Deb Clarke, head of personnel and development at Walsall Council, said thedeal would improve the council’s efficiency and upgrade its IT capability. “The move will be of benefit to the council as it provides the financeto invest in new technology that it could not otherwise afford,” she said.Liverpool City Council formed a similar public-private partnership with BTin April last year. Between 50 and 100 of Walsall Council’s 1,400 staff would be seconded to thejoint-venture company as part of a new service centre, but would remain councilemployees on their original terms and conditions. Clarke stressed that there would be no compulsory redundancies and thecouncil would re-deploy staff where necessary. The new joint-venture company would run HR administration, payroll andrecruitment through a new high-tech service centre. Staff would be able toreceive payslips online and inform the council of sickness absence via theintranet. It would also control frontline road services, including refuse collection,road maintenance, and finance processes, including invoicing and council taxcollections. Clarke believes the partnership, which is set to be agreed in September,would also help the council meet the 2005 deadline to deliver essentialservices online. “We are making good progress on e-government, but this will really helpto improve the number of online transactions as well as the quality,” shesaid. Walsall Council employees are being asked to suggest names for the newcompany. By Paul Nelsonlast_img read more