First part of Barnet outsourcing deal agreed

News on a deal which farms part of the London Borough of Barnet's so-called 'EasyCouncil' outsourcing plans features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the council has named professional services firm Capita as its preferred bidder for the first round of outsourcing contracts for customer services, IT, payroll and human resources. The paper says "some 515 staff – 15 per cent of the total – will move off the council books" under the deal. A preferred bidder for a second round of contracts, for planning and environmental services, is expected to be announced "early next year", the paper reports. The Times (subscription) says Capita is pitted against building consultancy EC Harris to secure this deal.

The Independent reports
on a deal between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives over the new Energy Bill. The paper says under the deal, legally binding commitments, wanted by the Liberal Democrats, to cut the amount of carbon that power stations can emit will not be included in the bill. However, the deal will see moves to triple subsidies for "clean" energy sources such as renewables over the next eight years. The Guardian says that when the bill is published "ministers will claim that it will unleash £110 billion of spending on generation and renewing the National Grid by the end of the decade, and generate a further 250,000 jobs by 2030". However, the paper adds, domestic energy bills will rise under the proposals.

The Independent reports that the builders "working on plans for the tallest skyscraper in the City, the Pinnacle, could seize the site after launching a legal challenge to recover £16 million in unpaid bills". According to the paper, the High Court has "ordered the owners of the 63-storey, £1 billion Pinnacle tower development to pay Canadian-US construction group Brookfield Multiplex £16 million, after they failed to defend the contractor's claim". The paper says "if the building group isn't paid within a fortnight, it will apply for the developer to be wound up".

Finally, the Guardian publishes pictures of the Chinese citizens who have refused to leave their homes to make way for large-scale redevelopments. One picture shows a single home in the middle of a newly finished motorway.

 


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