Cabinet recommends BT contract


Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has recommended that the contract for the Strategic Partnership for Support Services should be awarded to BT.

Under the terms of the contract, BT will deliver guaranteed savings of £17.6 million over the ten year period. The company is also committed to creating 510 new jobs in Cornwall and to protect 181 existing jobs in Truro.

“This represents a good and manageable deal both for the Council and for Cornwall” said Council Leader Jim Currie. We welcome the partnership with Health and BT and the potential savings which can be generated. We also welcome the commitment to creating new jobs in new areas.”

The contract covers a range of services, including ICT support, Telehealth and Telecare, document management, invoice processing, payroll and employment support and improving information sharing.

Peninsula Community Health will play a key role in contributing its Telehealth Service to the partnership. It is estimated that a “significant number” of new jobs could be created in Cornwall through the expansion of this service under the new contract.



    Things run well and efficiently now at Cornwall Council. How can BT guarantee 197 jobs, invest more (Trading investment in bidding for new work – £1.9m plus £7.8m investment in transformation), make savings (£17.4m over 10 years) and run services more efficiently – and make a profit?

    The Council says that BT will invest £157.5m in the partnership over 10 years, excluding an additional £16m spent outside Cornwall trying to win bids. The cabinet was told in a report that BT has made an “excellent offer”. But is it too good to be true?

    It may be that all but one of Cornwall’s cabinet councillors, perhaps encouraged by council officers, have been naive. I hope I am proved wrong.

    I do hope that BT didn’t employ that old (double glazing) sales trick of guaranteeing a price if deal signed before the end of March?

    I struggle to understand why this deal could not wait 8-10 weeks for a new Council and a proper mandate.

    Or were the deal proponents in the Council worried that a new Council might not be so keen to privatise valued in-house services?

    Beware the Ides of Cornwall in 3-5 years time?

    The grass is defintely greener in New Zealand!

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