Avon and Somerset Police has been consistent in its good news statements on the force’s “innovative” outsourcing deal with IBM-owned Southwest One.
These announcements and similar FOI responses have a clear message: that savings from the deal are more than expected.
But the statements have differed in tone and substance from those of Somerset County Council which ended up in a legal action with Southwest One.
Somerset’s losses on its Southwest One deal could leave the casual observer wondering why and how Avon and Somerset Police had made a success of its deal with Southwest One, whereas the county council has had a disastrous experience.
Now the BBC reports that Avon and Somerset will not be renewing its contract with Southwest One when the deal expires in 2018.
Southwest One is 75% owned by IBM and carries out administrative, IT and human resources tasks for the force.
Avon and Somerset Police’s “new” chief constable Andy Marsh – who took up the…
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