In 2008 the Audit Commissions published their report “For better, for worse” (their title not mine!) , providing a national analysis on Strategic Service delivery Partnerships SSP’s)
Yes, more jargon. SSPs are long-term public private partnerships (PPPs) through which contractors deliver a service or range of services for councils
“There are clear drawbacks for councils when SSPs do not succeed.”
- Private sector experience suggests that 60 to 70 per cent of strategic partnership arrangements between companies fail, and few meet expectations.
- Three of the earliest councils to adopt SSPs have terminated their agreements before their term, incurring additional costs.
- Even in continuing SSPs, purported benefits from economies of scale and transferred learning between sites have been slow to emerge.
- Some SSPs have proved inflexible, hindering councils’ ability to respond to changing external circumstances. (Audit Commission)
Of the many SSP’s we found there was one example of an in house bid being tabled. The in house bid was in Newcastle City Council.
Dexter Whitfield worked with the UNISON branch and the Council to prepare the in house bid.
The private contractor that tendered a bid was BT.
The in house bid won.
That is why we want Dexter to crucial support on the Future Shape consultation.
To view the details on Newcastle click here