Cornwall Council Cabinet approves BT services venture plan

Cornwall Council
Image caption In December the council rejected an option of a full deal with BT

A project to privatise a number of council services has been given the go ahead by senior councillors.

All but one of Cornwall Council's cabinet members voted in favour of the scheme to centralise services including IT support and document management.

The authority has been pursuing a so-called BT-Lite option after members threw out a wider joint venture proposal before Christmas.

In February the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) pulled out of the plans.

In December the full council rejected a full deal with BT to privatise a number of key council services.

But it gave the green light to a slimmed-down version, with so-called "customer-facing" areas - such as libraries and one stop shops - staying within the council system.

In October the leader of Cornwall Council, Alec Robertson, was removed after a vote of no confidence.

The vote was held over the decision to push ahead with plans to part-privatise key council services. The full council had voted against the proposals.

The RCHT said it would "pursue alternative options for developing our IT and health records services to meet future staff and patient needs."

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