Lancashire County Council keeps controversial fleet maintenance service 'in-house' (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Lancashire County Council keeps controversial fleet maintenance service 'in-house'
10:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
COUNCIL workers are said to be ‘relieved’ after a decision was made to keep a controversial fleet maintenance contract ‘in-house’.
County Hall officials have confirmed that work to service hundreds of the county council’s vehicles will continue to be carried out by Lancashire County Commercial Group.
Last April, former county council leader Geoff Driver’s Tory administration awarded the contract to One Connect, their outsourcing partner with telecoms giant BT.
But the Lancashire Telegraph revealed last month how that the £5million deal had been halted by incoming the Labour group, led by incoming leader Coun Jennifer Mein.
And a review of the award of the fleet maintenance contract resulted in Lancashire County Council chief executive Phil Halsall being suspended earlier this month.
The ruling brings to an end months of uncertainty, after speculation first emerged that the change was in the pipeline at the start of this year.
A spokesman for the Unite union said: “The workers are absolutely relieved and delighted that the county council has decided to keep the work in-house.
“This justifies the improvements that have been made by the fleet services maintenance team, who now have a future and secure employment.”
A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “A decision was taken by the leader of the county council regarding the award of a contract for fleet maintenance and repair services.
“The original decision, taken on April 26, has been revoked with immediate effect.
“Our in-house provider, Lancashire County Commercial Group, will continue to provide the fleet maintenance and repair service.
“In line with other council services, they've also been asked to develop proposals to reduce the cost of operating this service.”
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