Public-sector mapping contract saves £100m

24 August 2005
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25 August 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor

A contract negotiated on behalf of more than 500 public-sector organisations has saved £100 million of public money, according to the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA).

The four-year Mapping Service Agreement was initiated by Local Government Information House (LGIH), part of the IDeA and came into effect on 1 August.

Under the deal, Ordnance Survey, Intermap and Intelligent Addressing will provide transport network, land height, address and gazetteer information to police and fire authorities, local councils and national parks in England, Scotland and Wales. The data will then be used in key areas such as emergency planning, crime detection and social services.

Steven Brandwood, geographic information programme manager at LGIH, said the challenge was negotiating on behalf of so many authorities.

"The procurement process started three years ago and we worked closely with all the public bodies to achieve a framework-type level agreement."

The IDeA needed 70 per cent of the 550 organisations to sign the contract by the end of July, or the deal risked being scrapped.

When the contract went live at the start of this month, 84 per cent of organisations had signed up. The IDeA then negotiated a further 30 days' grace and hopes to then be close to 100 per cent.

"The MSA was designed on the basis of a take it or leave it deal for local authorities - the best deal we could get for their requirements," said Brandwood. "The real success story is that local government worked together to maximise value of contract."

He said the discussion process with authorities and the formula established to set the price they pay for the contract, according to what they gain from it, would prove useful for future exercises.


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