Swindon Borough Council (largest town in the county of Wiltshire, in the south of England. It is situated 81 miles west of London) is planning to outsource its back office services in a deal that could have a TCV of c. £500m (c. $885m).
The Wiltshire governing authority is inviting tenders (formal offers/RFI's) for a contract of between 10 and 15 years, with a proposed option to extend for a further five to 10 years. The annual value of the contract is expected to be worth £20m (C. $35m) a year to take on management of a large number of the council's services.
It is looking for a partner to take on the running of a number of key back office functions including ICT, HR, property management and revenues and benefits, among others.
This announcement follows the cancellation last week of one of the biggest outsourcing deals in U.K. local government, when Walsall Council pulled its £650m deal with IT company Fujitsu Services. The collapse of the Walsall deal came after the council decided its services had already begun to improve, and that the partnership with Fujitsu was no longer affordable.
The 12-year deal had been expected to create about 750 new jobs.
Source: eGov weekly