Southwest One SSP and Shared Services Project

Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane District Council UNISON branches have commissioned ESSU to prepare a report to draw out the lessons of the £400m contract awarded to IBM and Mouchel Parkman with an unprecedented level of secrecy and ‘commercial confidentiality’. Over 800 staff have been seconded to a Joint Venture Company with a ten-year assured employment. The study will also set out a new agenda for how UNISON will address the transformation and shared services agenda (36 local authorities and public bodies signed a framework agreement).