The new expanded edition covers 43 contracts with a total value of £8.6bn and employing over 17,500 staff plus several large highway services and waste contracts. The Database reveals that BT, Capita and Mouchel dominate the rankings with a 61.9% market share by contract value. Six of the ten companies are foreign owned and have a 32.0% market share by contract value. 12 local authorities have commenced procurement but then rejected an SSP for various financial and operational reasons (see Table 8). The failure rate, based on 40 contracts and 5 failures, is 12.5% (see Table 9). Also includes evidence of problems in several other SSP contracts.
The London Borough of Barnet Council commissioned Impower/Agilysis to deliver an options appraisal for the future provision of Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health, Trading Standards and other Regulatory Services. They recommended “The market option most likely to deliver the improvement and price changes needed is a strategic partnership with the private sector.” They also recommended expanding the Development and Public Health Services Project to include Regeneration, Highways and Transport Planning. Barnet UNISON commissioned this detailed critique of the consultants report which concluded that the options appraisal contained many sweeping assumptions, lacked empirical evidence and market analysis and failed to meet even the basic scope and quality standards expected of an appraisal.