Barnet's Conservative councillors have had to fork out £164,176 on independent technical assurance from Lockheed Martin to ensure Capita CSG delivers the council's ICT strategy properly.
The decision has been taken in an officer Delegated Powers Report on 25 July. A summary of the decision states:
"The Council has sought a partner to provide technical assurance of proposals that CSG will submit to seek approval to deliver the main components of the ICT strategy. The council will require technical assurance support throughout the delivery of these components."
Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "After the Library IT crash and the damning audit report on IT Disaster Recovery, confidence in Capita's ability to deliver the Council's IT is at an all time low - even amongst Conservative councillors. This is yet more evidence that the thin client model where Capita monitors itself is not working and was never going to work.
"The amount of money the council is having to spend on things that are not covered by the core Capita contract is starting to mount up."
1.See p4-5 of the following summary list of DPRs: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=6358
2. For more on IT problems see:
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