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CAMDEN IT DEAL COLLAPSES

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Camden LBC and Hewlett Packard are to look at why plans for their£50m ICT public/private partnership were dropped....
Camden LBC and Hewlett Packard are to look at why plans for their £50m ICT public/private partnership were dropped.

The plans were ditched after a report - costing £1m - concluded the PPP was not financially feasible.

Despite deciding the plans were not cost-effective, Camden has reaffirmed its commitment to improving its e-government provisions, and pointed to the recent launch of its online council tax and business rates checking system.

Overview and scrutiny commission member John Bryant (Lib Dem) said: 'Lessons clearly need to be learned.'

Mr Bryant added that the episode highlighted some of the more contentious aspects of public/private partnerships, such as how difficult it is for the public sector partner to demonstrate savings when the private partner simultaneously needs to show a profit.
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