Oldham and Rochdale Councils have struck an agreement to join forces in their delivery of Information Communication Technology (ICT) services.
The neighbouring Local Authorities have both agreed to look at setting up a combined ICT ‘Centre of Excellence’ based in Oldham. Agilisys, the UK-based IT and business provider, is already commissioned to deliver ICT services in both Boroughs and will be involved in pulling together final plans to merge the services.
This is an agreement in principle and further details will be developed in the coming months with a view to the new facility launching in March 2012.
Councillor Mohammed Masud, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: “This is an exciting and innovative proposal which will potentially create new jobs.”
“We are still in the early stages of discussions about this but there are many potential benefits from this shared vision.”
“This move would deliver efficiency savings for taxpayers in both Boroughs, for example, producing a service that delivers better value for public money.”
“The creation of this Centre of Excellence would also improve future prospects for achieving further cost savings by aligning the IT systems used across both Councils.”
“Crucially, this would also be a new set-up that is well positioned to offer ICT services to other local authorities and public sector partners, and potentially create more new jobs in the Borough.”
“We are already working positively in partnership with Rochdale Council and look forward to further discussions in the coming months to identify the best possible solution and create what we believe will be an exemplary joint IT service.”
Source: Oldham Council