One Barnet Contract is likely to be awarded to Capita

Following the announcement that the first of the two large 'One Barnet' / easyCouncil contracts (for New Support and Customer Services Organisation) is likely to be awarded to Capita on 6 December, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: 

"This is a huge contract and we will only know if this risky gamble pays off after the council signs a contract for at least 10 years, which effectively means that services will be tied-in for the next two or even three electoral cycles. Councillors of all political parties will be rightly concerned about how they will be able to continue to represent their constituents, and ensure that services are accessible, as well as efficiently and effectively delivered to all residents.

"There is no guarantee that this contract will make any savings or deliver better services, and we know there are other places where this has gone disastrously wrong and where councils have had to bring those services back in house at great cost to the council tax payer.

"The loss of 200 jobs from the borough is yet another blow to the local economy which we know is already struggling, as well as a personal tragedy for those staff affected who may lose their jobs.

"The business case has not been properly made and there has been very little scrutiny allowed of the business plan - If this contract does not deliver it could end up causing real misery for local people."
A link to the announcement can be found here:

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