Southwark joins London councils’ shared service to bring IT back ‘in-house’

6 February 2017

Southwark Council has announced plans to join Brent and Lewisham Councils’ shared IT service, in a break away from years of outsourcing the service to the private sector.

Southwark’s Cabinet is set to approve the plans at its meeting on Tuesday 7 February, which would see the council wind down its current contract with Capita over the summer, and join the shared service in the autumn.

Cllr Fiona Colley, Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance, said: “This is a really exciting move for Southwark and we’re looking forward to taking back direct control of our IT, and working with two other councils that share our priorities and understand our business. Southwark Council aims to give its residents high-quality services, but we can only do that if everything is running smoothly behind the scenes. A modern and evolving IT service is crucial to all that we do, especially as our budgets reduce and we do more and more with less.”

The main objective of the new service will be to establish a stable, resilient and quality ICT service to deliver modern, reliable, secure, cost effective technology. This will support the council’s plan to become digital by default, and transform where and how council staff work in order to better serve residents.

The existing ICT Shared Service between Brent and Lewisham was developed in 2015 and came into effect on 1st April 2016. The Shared Service was established using statutory powers vested in the Local Government Acts 1972 and 2000 with Lewisham delegating its ICT services to Brent under the governance of a joint committee. Governance arrangements for incorporating Southwark into the Shared Service will be confirmed in due course, but as an interim arrangement it is proposed that a Shared Service joint partnership board would be established with representatives of the three authorities working on an equal basis.

The final decision regarding the shared service will be taken by each of the councils’ Cabinets (Southwark 7 February, Brent 13 February and Lewisham 15 February)

Southwark Council’s Cabinet paper with full details of the proposal is available online  

Page last updated: 06 February 2017