Current contracts between the Home Office and two of its major IT suppliers have been extended – saving the taxpayer more than £100 million over six years.
Atos Origin and Fujitsu will provide IT services to 24,000 users across the Home Office and UK Border Agency.
The £430 million agreements will reshape current services to deliver significant improvements between now and the end of the contracts in 2016 – cutting IT costs by around a quarter.
Other improvements include delivering a more efficient service to staff, enabling greater mobility and flexibility; making systems more reliable and responsive; and helping to bring the Home Office in line with the Government’s wider strategy for information systems and technology.
Helen Kilpatrick, Home Office Director General, Financial and Commercial, said:
“The extended contracts are a great achievement, which will help the Home Office improve the service we provide to the public. By working collaboratively with Atos Origin and Fujitsu from the outset, we have been able to re-engineer the existing contracts in record time.
“The result is a completely new approach to IT service provision in the Home Office, reducing costs by a more than a quarter over the lifetime of the contracts.”
Eithne Wallis CB, Managing Director, UK Government Business, Fujitsu, said:
“Fujitsu is delighted to be continuing its long standing partnership with the Home Office. We will be working closely with Atos Origin to ensure that we provide maximum business benefits to our Home Office colleagues.”
Keith Wilman, UK Chief Executive Officer at Atos Origin, said:
“We are delighted to further strengthen our long and successful relationship with the Home Office, which has delivered a number of key initiatives associated with protecting our borders.
“We have worked collaboratively with both the Home Office and Fujitsu to re-define the scope of our contract, and our focus will now continue to be on delivering maximum business benefit across the Home Office.”
Home Office Press Office
Company:Home Office Press Office
Date: 08 October, 2009
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