Wakefield Council progresses changes in service delivery

PR 4776
11 November 2014

Wakefield Council is looking at different ways of delivering its property and facilities services, including cleaning and catering, as it continues to make savings made necessary by Government cuts in funding.

The Council has now completed the first stage competitive dialogue process with potential partners, following an extensive evaluation process has now reduced the number of possible service partners to three.

The final three companies are:

Carillion (AMBS) Ltd
Cofely Workplace Ltd
Interserve (Facilities Management) Ltd

The Council has to make savings of £185m by 2019/20 due to cuts in the funding it receives from Government. It has already saved £58m over the last 3 years and has agreed a further £61m of cuts by 2015, with more expected over the rest of the decade.

Over the coming few months a further dialogue process will be undertaken with the three companies so a final partner can be chosen. It is expected that the new service delivery arrangements will be in place during the latter part of 2015.

The Council’s Cabinet member for Corporate Performance, Cllr Graham Stokes, said: “The scale of savings which we need to make requires the Council to look at new ways of delivering services in the future, while still being committed to providing quality services and protecting jobs.

“We have now reduced the shortlist to three companies as prospective partners to work with us to provide a group of our core infrastructure services, with the intention that this will keep jobs in the district with more security than the Council can currently provide.

“I am very pleased with the quality submissions received from all five companies at this first tender stage and having undertaken a detailed evaluation process the final three short listed companies will now prepare their final tender submissions for the spring of 2015.

“We want to have the new services up and running towards the end of 2015. I am confident that the remaining companies will be able to meet the Council’s requirements for forming a new partnership in the delivery of these core services.

Services included in the proposal to find an external partner are building services, facilities management, property and asset management, building cleaning, school meals and buildings related architectural design and related services.

Cllr Stokes emphasised that all these services would continue to be provided but not directly by the Council. The successful partner will work alongside the Council in a new service delivery model.