Five councils - united by their vision to deliver improved, more affordable services - are on their way to a projected £40 million of savings as services enter new contracts with Capita and VINCI Facilities.
Under the two shared contracts, Hart District Council, Havant Borough Council (with services already shared with East Hampshire District Council), Mendip District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have joined forces to provide a range of services in a move that will provide great value for money for residents.
The councils’ corporate services, including HR, IT and finance will be provided by Capita, one of the UK’s leading business process and support companies. Facilities management, property services and parking services will be provided by VINCI Facilities, with experience across the UK and Europe. In partnership with VINCI Facilities partners, Arcadis are delivering property services and Indigo delivering parking services.
Involving five districts up to 85 miles apart, the two nine-year contracts mark the first time a group of councils have looked beyond their immediate neighbours to share services in this way.
The extensive experience the two companies have across the public and private sectors will allow the councils to continue to improve services for residents while also delivering enormous financial savings at the same time.
The two contracts started in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse in August 2016 and will be phased in between September 2016 and October 2017 for the remaining councils.
Brian Burchfield, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services at Hart District Council, said: “This contract is extremely important for all five councils and showcases how if partners are committed to joint working and share the same goals that even geographically dispersed local government bodies can work together to save tax payer money and continue to improve the services they deliver to its residents. Our five council consortium is being closely observed by central government and many local authorities across the country. We invite any council to contact us about how they could join our consortium to help them achieve the savings they seek.
“The partnership we have with Capita and VINCI Facilities means that all councils involved continue to be well ahead of the curve when it comes to meeting the economic challenges we continue to face.”
The contracts are being managed by a single client team set up by the councils, including staff from across the organisations.
To ensure the new services are delivered as efficiently as possible, staff could be asked to relocate to centres of excellence operated by the two companies. The councils and both companies are providing staff with support, advice and training throughout the transition to the new contracts.