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MENDIP OPTS FOR CAPITA AGAIN IN£30M DEAL

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Mendip DC has reselected Capita Local Government Services as its strategic partner to deliver a wide range of busin...
Mendip DC has reselected Capita Local Government Services as its strategic partner to deliver a wide range of business support services. Preferred supplier status for the contract, worth more than£30m over 12 years, was awarded to Capita following a detailed competitive procurement process.

The new contract, which will begin on 1 July, will encompass a wide range of services involving the administration of housing benefits; financial and accounting services including payroll; the collection of revenues such as council tax and business rates; elections management and electoral registration; and information technology services such as desktop support and systems management.

Mendip chief executive David Thomson said: 'The way this work is delivered is an important part of our reform programme. We have worked with Capita in the past and they are a well established supplier in this market. We put them through a number of hoops against stiff competition to win this new contract, and we are pleased that it will help us ensure good value for money for our residents.'

Through the partnership, Capita will be bringing new jobs to the area. Thirty five additional jobs will be retained in Shepton Mallet and this will increase to 65 within the first two years of the Partnership.

Simon Pilling, Capita divisional director said: 'We are excited by the prospect of playing a key role in Mendip's future service provision over the next 12 years. We fully embrace Mendip's objective to ensure that flexible and innovative solutions will deliver high quality services to Mendip's customers.'

A significant component of the contract will involve Capita supporting the development and implementation of Mendip's IT strategy with the ultimate aim of modernising the council's approach to technology. As a result, the council will be able to broaden its range of online services to citizens in a more cost-effective and efficient manner. For instance, citizens will be able to access their council tax and housing benefit details online.

As part of the partnership to deliver enhanced quality public services to citizens, Capita will be looking at new ways of bringing the council closer to its community. For instance, Capita will be devising innovative methods to reach out to the residents and businesses of Mendip DC that are based in isolated areas where limited public transport is available.

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