Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1. DMPC awarded the Business Support Services (BSS) contract to Shared Service Connected Ltd (SSCL) in August 2015 for the provision of HR, procurement and finance back office functions. From October 2015 a 12 month transition will commence will full implementation from October 2016.
1.2. One of the services SSCL will provide is payroll and pensions services, this service is currently provided by CGI IT UK Ltd. In order to transfer the service to SSCL the current contract must be terminated, MOPAC are contractually allowed to terminate the contract for convenience and are obliged to give a minimum of 12 months' notice.
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. To ensure future service provision of the payroll services an extension to the CGI contract was approved by DMPC in March 2015. At the time of the contract extension it was unclear whether SSCL would provide this service.
2.2. SSCL will provide payroll services as part of the BSS contract and the contract with CGI needs to be terminated with 12 months' notice period to enable SSCL to provide the service from late 2016. Therefore, discussions have taken place between all parties with regard to a contract novation, however, a novation requires the agreement of all parties and both CGI and SSCL have stated they do not wish the contract to be novated from MOPAC to SSCL.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. The current budget for pay and pensions administration is £4.3m. An early termination of the CGI contract will incur costs of £0.75m and will deliver annual savings of £1m. The cost of exit has a payback period of less that one year.
3.2. The costs of termination were captured as part of the financial implications within the Final Business Case approved in July 2015.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. The Directorate of Legal Services have reviewed the CGI contract terms including all the relevant change notices and confirm that there is provision for early termination by MOPAC upon the serving of 12 months written notice to the contractor.
4.2. The contract terms provide for a number of exit provisions to assist in transitioning the termination as well as potential payments by MOPAC by way of compensation for early termination
5. Equality Comments
5.1. A full Equality Impact Assessment has been conducted for the workforce that will be affected should a contract be awarded to SSCL. This will be continually reviewed and maintained throughout the life of the project.
5.2. The Impact assessment did not identify any adverse discrimination against those within the protected characteristics specified within the Equality Act 2012.