9 September 2015
Sheffield City Council is set to make significant savings by bringing some of its property services which are currently delivered by Kier back in-house. Proposals are being discussed by its Cabinet members next Wednesday (16 September).
If approved, the proposals will come into effect once the current contract comes to an end in June 2016. The proposals are to bring Property Services, Facilities Management Services, and Security and Events back in-house. Options are being explored for the Cleaning and Catering contracts, which may involve re-tendering contracts or creating a new joint venture to run them.
Councillor Ben Curran, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources said: “This is part of our continued drive to reduce costs on services to minimise the impact government’s cuts have on people in Sheffield. This is why we are reviewing all our options and seeking to make savings where we can.
“It’s also vital that we continue to develop our services to run them in the best way possible. I believe we’ll have this under the proposals, which will give us more flexibility about the future services and how they are run.”
The Council’s Property Management and Facilities Management services were outsourced to Kier in July 2009. Since then they have been delivered by Kier Asset Partnership Services Ltd (KAPS), with a small cleaning contract for schools delivered by Norse.
The current contract has delivered expected savings. But the ever-changing environment in which core Council services are delivered prompted the review of the future options.
The council is working closely with Kier and will continue to do so once proposals are agreed. This will include developing a detailed implementation plan for the transfer of services. This work will include working with employees and Trade Unions to ensure that the quality of service delivery is maintained during transition.