Havant Borough Council proposes to outsource facilities management services

February 24th, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Havant Borough Council has launched a consultation into the way its facilities management services is being managed, it has been revealed.

The plans are part of an effort to save cash and make its processes more efficient. It is also consulting on whether it should outsource its licensing and property management.

As part of the plans, Havant Borough Council may team up with Hart District Council, Mendip District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council.

The main aim of the consultation is to investigate the value of collectively contracting a third party provider. 

The move could mean that certain services previously handled by the council could be outsourced up to 100 miles away from the borough. 

Some of the services affected include financial services, IT, legal, engineering, property management, as well as all facilities management services. 

The council claims that by outsourcing services such as facilities management, it could make further financial savings, and produce sustained or better outcomes for service users, in addition to ‘greater resilience and flexibility’. 

However, Havant Borough Council is not the only local authority to consider outsourcing services in this way.

Northamptonshire County Council has previously announced plans to implement its ‘next generation’ council project. 

It is is set to move 4,000 staff to four newly created enterprises, designed to cut costs and generate additional income through winning external contracts.
Outsourcing is becoming an increasingly popular option among local authorities and organisations seeking to cut their costs.

At a time when finance is becoming increasingly restricted for many organisations, it is inevitable that a growing number will look to outsource important services such as facilities management to knowledgeable and experienced firms.