Six London local authorities have signed a four-year contract with Capgemini UK. The move is expected to facilitate improved council services and generate major cost savings by phasing out older, outdated IT systems, securing economies of scale, eliminating unnecessary paperwork and streamlining processes in areas such as finance, procurement, HR and payroll.
The six councils aim to use the cost savings generated to protect services to the public. The councils involved in the plan are Lambeth, Lewisham, Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Croydon and Havering, which have a combined population of 1.6 million. The new systems are scheduled to go live in July 2013, and will be managed by Capgemini for an initial period of a further three years.