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SERVICETEAM WINS LAMBETH DEAL

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Contractor Serviceteam has won a deal with Lambeth LBC worth up to£350 million, as its partner in a venture that w...
Contractor Serviceteam has won a deal with Lambeth LBC worth up to£350 million, as its partner in a venture that will externalise 17 council services.

Serviceteam, which was originally set up by a group of Lewisham Labour councillors, pipped lead tenderer SITA (GB) and Onyx to win the£35m-a- year contract, which is scheduled to run for seven years with an additional three-year option. It starts next month

Prior to the decision, there had been indications that SITA would consider a legal challenge if it was defeated but a company spokesman would only say that the firm was considering its position.

Serviceteam, which currently operates from Hertfordshire, is to move its national headquarters into a former direct services building in the south London borough.

Company chairman Peter Hodgson expressed his delight at the outcome, insisting the deal laid the basis for improved services in Lambeth.

The council has established a special committee to oversee the contract and insists it will retain democratic control through the use of a 'golden share' in the new joint company it is forming with Serviceteam.

The share gives representation on the board and interventionary powers.

Political representation in Lambeth is 25 Liberal Democrat, 24 Labour, 14 Conservative and 1 Independent.

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