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Newham Council to foot £1m bill for ICT infrastructure works

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 November 2016

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Nearly £1 million of council funds has had to be set aside for the “emergency procurement” of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure.

A “number of critical stability issues and deficiencies” with its current core ICT services means Newham Council will have to pay out £981,750 from its capital funding pot.

In a belligerent outburst at last Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Sir Robin Wales told council staff it was “not acceptable” that the money was needed.

He said: “We will have to do it. I want people in my room explaining what has gone on.”

Although investigations into a new ICT package had started, the urgency of the situation was highlighted by a power failure at the council’s Docklands headquarters last month.

A council report stated: “This failure has accelerated the deterioration of the current ICT infrastructure to the point which the stability, retention of business critical data and provision of service can no longer be guaranteed.”

Back office support businesss oneSource currently provides ICT services on behalf of the London Boroughs of Newham and Havering.

Havering Council will pay £803,250 towards the total project cost of £1,785,000.


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