One Barnet - SouthwestOne in Somerset the risks?

The staggering news coming out of Somerset reinforces Barnet UNISON's concerns about the evidence to support the savings claimed by the One Barnet projects.

SouthwestOne involves one of the biggest Multinational companies in the world. It was touted as a no brainer by its supporters. It was shrouded in secrecy, but residents, politicans and staff were told it was the best way to prepare for the future.

The comments coming from the Conservative Leader of Somerset Council are extraordinary

 "failing to deliver promised savings; failing to cope with a changing financial landscape; failing to be flexible enough to adapt in challenging times and provide the best possible value for money."

All of these points have been repeatedly raised by UNISON is the countless number of reports we have been producing over the last four years.

Take a look at the latest news coming out of Somerset.

The Conservative leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Ken Maddock

 "I have to say that Southwest One is failing this test. We are currently looking at all our services and all our contracts to see whether we are doing the best we can for our customers, whether we are providing the best possible services for our customers and at the best possible prices for our customers.

"We need a council that can cope with future government cuts and rising demand. 

"Sadly, Southwest One is failing. It is failing to deliver promised savings; failing to cope with a changing financial landscape; failing to be flexible enough to adapt in challenging times and provide the best possible value for money.

 http://www.tauntonpeople.co.uk/Budget-cut-private-policy-fails/story-15245728-detail/story.html

Somerset County Council says SouthWest One 'not delivering'

In 2007, the IBM won an administration and back office task contract, to save the Conservative-led authority about £180m, over 10 years.

"SouthWest One's accounts year-on-year, show losses, staggering losses, just published of £31m, and failures to meet modest savings targets," said Mr Maddock.

“Mr Maddock said as a result of its performance, a review would be carried out on all council services in order to achieve the savings it needed, a figure he estimated to be £20m.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-17066330

Southwest One gets £10m IBM loan amid 'staggering' losses

The leader of Somerset county council, Ken Maddock, has said that Southwest One is failing to deliver, that its accounts show "staggering losses" of £31.5m and "failures to hit modest savings targets".

Southwest One was set up in 2007 as a joint venture between IBM, Somerset county council, Taunton Deane borough council and Avon and Somerset police to modernise the public sector bodies' business processes.

Maddock told a council meeting: "It is failing to deliver promised savings; failing to cope with a changing financial landscape; failing to be flexible enough to adapt in challenging times and provide the best possible value for money."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2012/feb/16/southwest-one-ibm-loan-council?newsfeed=true

 

IBM hook-up with councils loses £31.5m By Gill Hitchcock, Guardian Government Computing, 17 February, 2012

The leader of Somerset county council, Ken Maddock, has said that Southwest One is failing to deliver, that its accounts show "staggering losses" of £31.5m and "failures to hit modest savings targets".

http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/business-of-it/2012/02/17/ibm-hook-up-with-councils-loses-315m-40095068/

 

'Failing' Southwest One comes under fire from Somerset County Council leader

A controversial venture set up to save taxpayers millions of pounds has lost £31 million and is so inflexible that it is making the job of finding savings even harder.

The Conservative leader of Somerset County Council, Councillor Ken Maddock, launched a blistering attack on the public-private partnership Southwest One at the council’s packed budget-fixing meeting yesterday.

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Failing-Southwest-comes-Somerset-County-Council/story-15242751-detail/story.html

Southwest One receives IBM rescue loan

Southwest One, the troubled West Country council shared services venture, has confirmed it has received urgent funding from its supplier.

IBM has issued a multimillion pound loan to Southwest One, in order to keep the venture afloat. Southwest One, in its latest annual accounts issued this month, reported a £31 million loss.

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3338025/southwest-one-bailed-out-by-ibm/