To consider the report of the head of partnership and insight (attached).
The committee considered the report of the head of partnership and insight which gave an update on progress to date and next steps with regards to completing and implementing planned changes to the Five Councils Capita contract and establishing an action plan for the Council that would support its business direction and priorities for the next five years.
Andrew Down, head of partnership and insight, introduced the report. Also present to answer questions were Councillor Bill Service, Cabinet member for partnership and insight, David Wilde, IT consultant, and Paul Abraham, Capita.
The committee was informed that the Council had worked closely with Capita to develop and take forward the following five contract changes:
a) Establishment of an IT end user computing environment for South and Vale Councils only, meeting our compliance needs for General Data Protection Regulations and enabling a range of new technology opportunities for secure mobile, flexible and multi-agency working;
b) Return of the Fraud Service in the Revenues and Benefits function as an in-house service so we can continue to grow our success in this field;
c) Bringing finance business service partner roles and a number of other key responsibilities back in-house and better defining the roles and responsibilities between the supplier and customer across the finance function;
d) Bringing ownership of strategic Human Resources (HR) back in house and better defining the roles and responsibilities between the supplier and customer across the HR function;
e) Upgrading our finance system to a fully supported and up to date version of Unit 4 Business World (formerly called Agresso).
The scope of the changes for b), c) and d) were virtually agreed, with the changes intended from the end of October 2018, subject to any time limitations set by TUPE and subject to completion of the revised inter-authority agreement between the five councils. The scope of the changes for a) and e) were also near completion. The proposed changes would be submitted to Cabinet in October.
These changes were part of a wider action plan, attached as an appendix to the report, to achieve stability.
Paul Abraham informed the committee that Capita was committed to working with the council to improve performance.
In response to members’ questions about the action plan, it was reported that:
· The £37k cost of legacy datacentre closure, set out in the action plan, related to the current Redhill datacentre;
· The £10k cost of replacing the websites set out in the action plan related to the hosting costs;
· The changes covering the core IT service and the Finance IT systems were expected to be funded within the current contract provision. Any additional provision would be considered on its merits.
The committee welcomed the progress made to date and requested a further update to its February 2019 meeting.
1. Note the progress made on implementing changes to the Five Councils Capita Contract;
2. Note the action plan attached at Annex A for the short term (1 year) to resolve other outstanding issues across our technology platforms and the Five Councils contract and to establish a medium-term technology strategy; and
3. Request that a further progress report be submitted to the committee in February 2019.