Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Barnet's 'easyCouncil' faces judicial review over outsourcing

Link to The Guardian

The 'easyCouncil' model of no-frills local services is set to go on trial this spring, after the High Court announced it will review a £320m services contract due to be outsourced by the Conservative-controlled London Borough of Barnet.

"The case is being brought by Maria Nash, a 67-year old disabled resident who says she fears for her life if support services are removed, if and when the private outsourcing firm, Capita, takes over. The judicial review of the legality of the contract means the signing of the deal, which was supposed to happen at the end of January, has been delayed.

"Capita was to take over services in April – just ten days after the hearing is expected to conclude in late March. It declined to comment on the legal battle."

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