Feeds

Bury council considers mass outsourcing

'Increased role for the voluntary sector' too ...

High performance access to file storage

Bury council is considering a transformation programme that would involve transferring the delivery of most services to private or third sector organisations.

It has published a consultation document on it future that includes a number of commitments within the programme. These begin with the key point that it "will start with the assumption, that can be tested, that the council will not directly deliver services".

Other sections of the document cover the potential of the council to increase its role as a commissioning organisation. This raises the prospect of it following Suffolk county council in its intention, announced last year, of outsourcing the majority of its services.

The document justifies the proposals on the grounds that the sharp cut in funding from central government is combining with increased demand for statutory services and the requirements of the localism bill to demand that the council adopts a new approach to its business.

The document also mentions a review of business processes to remove duplication, the development of a new ICT strategy, the roll-out of web based self-services, more standardisation and collaboration in procurement, and an increased role for the voluntary sector.

A spokeswoman for the council said the consultation will run until 20 March and that, if accepted by the executive, a four-year work programme will begin in the next financial year.

Bob Bibby, leader of the council, said: "We are asking some difficult questions and some very significant changes will need to be made.

"The messages within the document are clear, standing still is not an option, nor is ignoring the significant financial challenges and new localism agenda, both of which require a different response from local councils. This strategy is Bury's way of meeting these needs."

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

Guardian Government Computing is a business division of Guardian Professional, and covers the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. For updates on public sector IT, join the Government Computing Network here.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders
Veep testifies for Samsung during Apple patent trial
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Big Content goes after Kim Dotcom
Six studios sling sueballs at dead download destination
Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation
Brit colo outfit says it paid for 347KVA, has been charged for 1940KVA
Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data
Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business
Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive
When even a prurient island nation thinks an idea is dodgy it has problems
Banks slap Olympus with £160 MEEELLION lawsuit
Scandal hit camera maker just can't shake off its past
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction
Appeals court strikes down landmark sentence
US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support
Gov't IT likened to 'a Model T with a lot of things on top of it'
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.