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Fujitsu loses £500m Walsall Council deal

Walsall Council pulled the plug on a £500m outsourcing deal with Fujitsu after proving that it can improve its shoddy services without help from the private sector. The deal would have seen over 1,500 council staff sold off to Fujitsu and subcontractors Vertex under the direction of a strategy dubbed "Putting the Citizen First …
Mark Ballard, 16 Jan 2006
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Walsall escapes scrutiny of scuppered Fujitsu deal

The District Auditor has refused a request to investigate Walsall Council Cabinet's secret negotiations over an aborted £500m outsourcing deal with Fujitsu. Opposition council leaders wrote to the auditor in December, requesting an investigation because there had been no open negotiations of the plan, despite at least two years …
Mark Ballard, 24 Jan 2006
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Auditor applauds Walsall

The Audit Commission has applauded Walsall council for jilting Fujitsu Services after three years in which the two haggled as the services that were counting most on the deal suffered. Nevertheless, Walsall has improved most of its services without needing to use private companies at all. The auditor's support for Walsall's …
Mark Ballard, 02 Mar 2006
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Walsall signs Fujitsu in £650m deal

Walsall Council is to pay £650m to Fujitsu to sort out IT services for the borough for the next twelve years. The huge deal will see 1,557 council staff move jobs to Fujitsu and the creation of 750 new jobs. There will be no compulsory redundancies. Local residents will get better access to council services and a single point …
John Oates, 03 Dec 2004
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Union mourns Walsall's aborted IT privatisation

Walsall Council has been such a shambles that even its union was looking forward to washing its hands of them, it has emerged. Now it looks as if the two are stuck with each other after the council cancelled its plans to outsource key unionised services to the private sector. Unison, which represents the council's workers, is …
Mark Ballard, 17 Jan 2006
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Walsall lost trust in Fujitsu

Walsall Council kicked Fujitsu Services out of negotiations for a £500m outsourcing deal because it was jaded by the IT supplier's "brinkmanship" and exasperated by disagreements over contractual liability, it has emerged. Councillors wanting to know why a three-year procurement process had failed, attended a council meeting on …
Mark Ballard, 08 Feb 2006
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Councillors demand explanation for outsourcing 'fiasco'

Pressure is growing on Walsall Council to give a full explanation for the failed negotiations over a £500m outsourcing deal with Fujitsu Services. The Council Cabinet will meet tonight to decide whether it should cease negotiations with Fujitsu, even though the two had already issued a joint statement that talks were off. …
Mark Ballard, 18 Jan 2006
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Swindon goes large on outsourcing

Swindon Borough Council is planning to outsource its back office services in a deal that could be worth up £500m. The Wiltshire authority is inviting tenders for a contract of between 10 and 15 years, with a proposed option to extend for a further five to 10 years. The annual value of the tender is expected to be worth £20m a …
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Fujitsu Services drops IPO plan

Japanese technology giant Fujitsu Limited has told its UK-based subsidiary Fujitsu Services that it must drop its long-stated ambition to spin out on the stock exchange. The services arm will instead become the "pillar" of a global services business, the firm said this week. After the dotcom bust, Fujitsu Services retrenched …
Mark Ballard, 22 Mar 2007