MP welcomes contract award

25th July 2019

After months of wrangling the Government have awarded the long-term modernising project worth £525m to Capita. The contract includes investment in a new training facility for Defence firefighting at the Fire Service College in Morton-in-Marsh.

The 12-year project will see Capita running 53 fire stations in the UK and at MoD sites in Cyprus and the Falklands Islands. The deal was initially suspended after Serco appealed the contract decision.

Cotswolds MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown, as Deputy Chair of the Public Accounts Committee was speaking during the Committee’s inquiry into Capita’s contract with the Ministry of Defence, stating: “Given that Serco are a large Government contractor and given that I think they are using this purely as a spoiler because of sour grapes because they did not get the contract, is there not something more the Government collectively can do to persuade Serco that their actions are wholly unreasonable.”

Serco has now withdrawn its opposition after a settlement was agreed and heralds the announcement this week that the contract will go ahead with Capita.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP said: “This will secure 100 much needed jobs in the Morton-in-Marsh area and a welcomed long-term investment in the Fire College which has gone from strength to strength.

“The College is a world-class asset to the Cotswolds, widely regarded as one of the most exceptional fire and rescue training centres in the world.”

Jon Lewis, chief executive officer of Capita, said: “The DFRP contract is a measure of the confidence and trust government has in Capita’s ability to deliver critical public services, and underlines our drive to build on the strengths of our existing relationship with government.

“Our continued investment in the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh has helped transform it into a world-leading centre for firefighter training over the last six years. The

construction of a new training facility for Defence firefighters is the next step in the college’s bright future. We are committed to ensuring the college remains an outstanding employer for the people of Gloucestershire, and the first choice for fire service training around the world.”

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