Bridgwater MP criticises Southwest One

Bridgwater MP criticises Southwest One

Bridgwater MP criticises Southwest One

First published in Somerset

BRIDGWATER MP Ian Liddell-Grainger has slammed a private company set up in Somerset to save two councils and the police money after a report revealed its failings.

Southwest One, which is 75 per cent owned by IBM, is responsible for back office functions for the Somerset County and Taunton Deane Councils and Avon and Somerset Police.

But a review commissioned by council leader Ken Maddock says it “could do better” and some savings targets were not being met.

The report, completed last year but only released now by the council, admits there were problems with the new SAP software system put in to streamline purchasing.

Mr Liddell-Grainger said: “It costs money to run and is basically not getting anything back. This is the most expensive disaster the county has made.”

The venture was set up in 2007 when the county council was Lib-Dem controlled and planned to make savings of around £200m over a 10 year period.

But the report states the current level of saving stands at £6m, with a target of in excess of £150m over the next seven years.

However, a further £60million of savings are "in line to be delivered", the report says.

The review recommended that Southwest One should be renegotiated to deliver “efficiencies,” which the council said it had been working on for several months.

The report said there were also positives, such as keeping costs down for the council and hitting some savings targets.

Cllr Maddock said: “This review has now served its purpose and will be published on the council's website so that residents can act as 'armchair auditors.”

To see the review, click on the link by this story.

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5:26pm Sat 11 Jun 11

sheldoncooper says...

This is old hat and just about the only thing that ILG is intersted in. In fact he's obsessed with it.

Link South West One to Bridgwaters problems like Tesco, EDF, Hinkley, Splash, Dying town centre etc and he would be on it like a rat up a drainpipe.

As they are nothing to do with South West One he's just not interested.

Why have we had a batch of ILG related stories , comments etc in the last few days - surely there's not another Election due...having said that he would'nt campagn as he's too busy.

Rant over...deep breaths !!!!!!!!!
This is old hat and just about the only thing that ILG is intersted in. In fact he's obsessed with it. Link South West One to Bridgwaters problems like Tesco, EDF, Hinkley, Splash, Dying town centre etc and he would be on it like a rat up a drainpipe. As they are nothing to do with South West One he's just not interested. Why have we had a batch of ILG related stories , comments etc in the last few days - surely there's not another Election due...having said that he would'nt campagn as he's too busy. Rant over...deep breaths !!!!!!!!! sheldoncooper
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7:43pm Sat 11 Jun 11

Bridgy old Boy says...

To be fair this is one of the few topics tha ILG has called correctly and he has every right to keep reminding the public of the financial disaster that is Southwest one! A real story of the carving up of public services to an American company who have failed to deliver on any count. Lets hope ILG now seeks to hold the French owned EDF to account in the same way but.....I wouldn't hold your breath
To be fair this is one of the few topics tha ILG has called correctly and he has every right to keep reminding the public of the financial disaster that is Southwest one! A real story of the carving up of public services to an American company who have failed to deliver on any count. Lets hope ILG now seeks to hold the French owned EDF to account in the same way but.....I wouldn't hold your breath Bridgy old Boy
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10:21pm Sat 11 Jun 11

MINIME2 says...

sheldoncooper,bridgw
ater. Calm down we all know how you feel about ILG ,most of us feel the same.
sheldoncooper,bridgw ater. Calm down we all know how you feel about ILG ,most of us feel the same. MINIME2
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9:01am Sun 12 Jun 11

SirLamiell says...

MINIME2 wrote:
sheldoncooper,bridgw

ater. Calm down we all know how you feel about ILG ,most of us feel the same.
I think we ALL feel the same.
[quote][p][bold]MINIME2[/bold] wrote: sheldoncooper,bridgw ater. Calm down we all know how you feel about ILG ,most of us feel the same.[/p][/quote]I think we ALL feel the same. SirLamiell
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