Avon and Somerset Police to end Southwest One contract

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Avon and Somerset Police will not be renewing its contract with the joint venture company Southwest One, the BBC has learned.

A 10-year-long deal is due to end in June 2018, and chief constable Andy Marsh confirmed he had “given notice” that the contract will not be renewed.

Instead he said he wants to work with neighbouring police and fire services.

Southwest One, which is 75% owned by IBM, carries out administrative, IT and human resources tasks for the force.

‘Protect frontline numbers’

Mr Marsh said: “We will be finding a new way of providing those services. It is my intention to collaborate with other forces.

“I do believe I can save some money and I want to protect frontline numbers.”

A partnership with Southwest One was set up between the police, Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council in 2007.

The aim was to save about £180m over 10 years.

But in 2012 the private firm launched legal action against Somerset County Council, in a dispute over allegations the firm was failing to deliver promised savings.

The issue was eventually settled out of court the following year with the authoritypaying a £5.9m settlement.

Somerset County Council subsequently terminated its contract with the company in December last year.

There has so far been no formal comment on Avon and Somerset Police’s decision from Southwest One.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-36551213

Avon and Somerset Police to work with other forces and fire services when Southwest One contract ends

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

AVON and Somerset Police have announced they will not renew their contract a company that claimed it would save the force and locals councils millions of pounds.

A 10-year deal between the police and Southwest One comes to an end in June 2018.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh has told the BBC he has “given notice” that the contract will not be renewed.

Mr Marsh said that he prefers to work with neighbouring police forces and fire services rather than Southwest One, which is 75 per cent owned by IBM and carries out administrative, IT and human resources tasks for the force.

Mr Marsh told the BBC: “We will be finding a new way of providing those services. It is my intention to collaborate with other forces.

“I do believe I can save some money and I want to protect frontline numbers.”

Somerset County Council ended its links with Southwest One last December, whileTaunton Deane Council announced in January that it might exit its deal ahead of the end of its contract in November next year.

Southwest One has not commented.

http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/14563551.Avon_and_Somerset_Police_not_renewing_Southwest_One_contract/

 

 

 

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