Taunton deane Corporate Scrutiny Committee 26.03.15


Southwest One (SWO) Succession Planning



Q1 In paragraph 3.8 “The contract has two distinct elements both of which are intended to provide financial benefits. The first relates to the Operational Services for which TDBC achieves an annual reduction (2.5%, but which is subject to inflationary uplift) in the Unitary Charge payments to SWO. The second are the Transformation projects, including Procurement, designed to

generate additional benefits and savings over the term of the contract. The original target for procurement savings was £10m, but SWO have revised this to circa £5m. In practice only circa £3m savings have been identified to date.”

a)    What was the level of cashable savings at the end of March 2015?

b)    What is the forecast cashable savings by the end of contract (2017)?

Q2 Will there be joint working with Somerset County Council (SCC) and West Somerset Council (WSC) for the SWO exit strategy?

Q3 Will there be joint ICT with Somerset County Council in County Hall when TDBC relocate?

Q4 a) Will the review take account of the recently reported discussions about joint working between Avon & Somerset Police and Wiltshire Police?

b) What was the outcome of the “partners” conference call (about the issues mentioned in a)) in January 2015?

Q5 Will the TDBC review also include considering creating jobs in the local economy?

Q6 a) Can the review options also include more Public-Public Shared Services with neighbouring Local Authorities?

b)    Will the project conduct an impact assessment should a Unitary Council reorganisation take place after the elections?

Q7 Will best practice be followed where a Full Business Case (FBC) is developed ahead of a preferred option being chosen?

(Nb Project ISIS which led to SWO chose the preferred option before a FBC was developed.)

Q8 Will the SWO exit project be regularly reported to this Committee?

Q9 How much have you budgeted for the SWO exit strategy?


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