Lancashire’s controversial One Connect BT deal axed

Tory Geoff Driver says the move is politically motivated

Tory Geoff Driver says the move is politically motivated

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

THE controversial One Connect Partnership between Lancashire County Council and BT will be finally legally disbanded next week.

The local authority’s Cabinet will formally agree new arrangements to replace the deal which sparked a police investigation into allegations over payments and contracts.

Last August LCC chief executive Phil Halsall was suspended over the award of a £5m fleet maintenance contract to OCL, leaving the authority in October.

Payments of more than £500,000 to former OCL chief executive David McElhinney continue to be investigated by police. On Thursday, the authority’s Labour Cabinet will officially dissolve the partnership created by their Tory predecessors in 2011.

It will take back services including welfare rights, care and support, pay policy, pensions, benefits, learning, and human resources and 749 staff to County Hall.

Specialist services including information technology, revenue, benefits and payroll services will be handled by a new wholly-owned BT company called BT Lancashire Services Limited where 400 county staff will work on secondment. Former Tory leader of the authority Geoff Driver attacked the move. He said: “This is politically motivated and Lancashire’s council taxpayers will pay the price and receive poorer services.”

The item before the Cabinet admits that the partnership delivered a 10 per cent saving on previous county costs.

County deputy leader David Borrow said: "We have dissolved this partnership without cost to the county council.

“We can deliver larger savings than the 10 per cent agreed in the original deal.

“This deal with give us the flexibility to make the much bigger savings we need because of government cuts. The arrangement with Lancashire Services Limited is a more normal contractual arrangement with BT than the One Connect Partnership.”

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1:09pm Thu 29 May 14

greenscreener says...

I do hope they are brought to justice and punished severely if they are guilty of abusing their positions for inappropriate levels of personal gain.

They must not be allowed to slide off quietly into a cushy retirement just to avoid embarrassing those who allowed it to happen.
I do hope they are brought to justice and punished severely if they are guilty of abusing their positions for inappropriate levels of personal gain. They must not be allowed to slide off quietly into a cushy retirement just to avoid embarrassing those who allowed it to happen. greenscreener
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11:45pm Thu 29 May 14

glossopkid says...

greenscreener wrote:
I do hope they are brought to justice and punished severely if they are guilty of abusing their positions for inappropriate levels of personal gain.

They must not be allowed to slide off quietly into a cushy retirement just to avoid embarrassing those who allowed it to happen.
Let's hope LCC are not going to cover this farce of a situation up to save the person/s who made the decisions!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: I do hope they are brought to justice and punished severely if they are guilty of abusing their positions for inappropriate levels of personal gain. They must not be allowed to slide off quietly into a cushy retirement just to avoid embarrassing those who allowed it to happen.[/p][/quote]Let's hope LCC are not going to cover this farce of a situation up to save the person/s who made the decisions!!!!!!! glossopkid
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6:41am Fri 30 May 14

Excluded again says...

glossopkid wrote:
greenscreener wrote:
I do hope they are brought to justice and punished severely if they are guilty of abusing their positions for inappropriate levels of personal gain.

They must not be allowed to slide off quietly into a cushy retirement just to avoid embarrassing those who allowed it to happen.
Let's hope LCC are not going to cover this farce of a situation up to save the person/s who made the decisions!!!!!!!
This is highly unlikely.

The decision was taken by the previous Tory administration at the Council. If there were any embarrassing or even criminal decisions taken, it is in the interests of the current Labour administration to make them public.
[quote][p][bold]glossopkid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: I do hope they are brought to justice and punished severely if they are guilty of abusing their positions for inappropriate levels of personal gain. They must not be allowed to slide off quietly into a cushy retirement just to avoid embarrassing those who allowed it to happen.[/p][/quote]Let's hope LCC are not going to cover this farce of a situation up to save the person/s who made the decisions!!!!!!![/p][/quote]This is highly unlikely. The decision was taken by the previous Tory administration at the Council. If there were any embarrassing or even criminal decisions taken, it is in the interests of the current Labour administration to make them public. Excluded again
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6:24pm Fri 30 May 14

Copperhead says...

I do so hope the County Hall apparatchiks who organised the deal with BT will still get their well-paid " consultants " positions with BT when they leave the C.C. - no doubt with a massive golden handshake.
They SO deserve it after such dedicated public service, where, as any fool knows, the pay, conditions, holidays and pensions are SO derisory.
I do so hope the County Hall apparatchiks who organised the deal with BT will still get their well-paid " consultants " positions with BT when they leave the C.C. - no doubt with a massive golden handshake. They SO deserve it after such dedicated public service, where, as any fool knows, the pay, conditions, holidays and pensions are SO derisory. Copperhead
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