Council to send partners Serco a “strongly worded letter” over £350,000 overspend

sercoIT DOES NOT look like everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to savings at Thurrock Council.

Buried deep within the 268 page cabinet papers relating to Wednesday nights meeting, there is a reference to the council’s partners Serco and an overspend.

It states: “Cabinet will note that the only overspend within 2013/14 refers to Serco.

“The Council agreed a target saving of £1m in 2012/13 and, for the second year in a row, a lack of acceptable savings has been brought forward for officers to be able to agree.

This follows a history of non-achievement of savings with the Council’s Strategic Partner (Serco’s predecessor, Vertex) in 2010/11”.

Both council leader John Kent and housing portfolio holder, Lynn Worrall asked the chief executive of Thurrock Council, Graham Farrant that perhaps he would write a letter to Serco. Mr Farrant told the cabinet that he would certainly do so.

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