Jobs and services will be privatised at Welwyn Hatfield Council

PUBLISHED: 16:36 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

WELWYN Hatfield Council will privatise services and jobs, it has been confirmed. Councillors are due to approve contractor Steria on Tuesday night in a bid to save £6m. The private company will look after residents council tax and benefits and also run

WELWYN Hatfield Council will privatise services and jobs, it has been confirmed.

Councillors are due to approve contractor Steria on Tuesday night in a bid to save £6m.

The private company will look after residents' council tax and benefits and also run the contact centre, switchboard and reception, as the WHT predicted last August.

A council spokesman said: "Steria has agreed to develop a centre of excellence in Welwyn Hatfield to manage the services and has confirmed that there will be no job losses if the recommendation is accepted.

"They will also use Welwyn Hatfield Council services as a base to provide similar services to other authorities in Hertfordshire and beyond.

Leader John Dean said: "In considering the report, the council's key aim is to deliver high quality, value for money services.

"The Support Services Project Board has worked through a rigorous tender process to ensure the current excellent quality of services provided by the council in these areas will not be compromised in any way.

"Steria already work with several other local authorities, so they are aware of the sector and the specific needs of a borough council, which I believe will reflect well when the proposal is discussed at cabinet on Tuesday.

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