G4S, the company that has been in and out of the headlines over the years, has been awarded a contract to provide facilities management services to HMRC's Commercial Directorate.
The three-year contract starts this month and is worth £4M (excluding capital and project works).
G4S will provide FM services such as helpdesk and CAFM (Computer Aided Facilities Management).
There is a possibility of a two-year extension to the contract. The agreement covers three regional tax offices – Trinity Bridge House in Salford, Elgin House in Edinburgh and Cotton House in Glasgow – collectively occupied by about 2,500 people, with 3,000 visitors a month.
It is anticipated that G4S will employ 33 members of staff across the three sites. The contract will mobilise in phases, with the largest property, Trinity Bridge House, beginning on 15 April 2014 and the other two likely to follow in January 2015.
G4S will provide a range of core and managed services including; cleaning, waste management, catering, reception, security and grounds maintenance as well as health and safety, fire safety, environmental management, energy and waste management through managed suppliers.
By happenstance Charlie Elphicke MP is quoted by the FT opining the CEO of G4S's remuneration package:
“People will rightly ask how a company that has let down taxpayers time and time again can justify raising the pay of its chief executive by nearly a quarter. It is wholly unacceptable and wrong.”If the company lets down the taxpayers so often, why is it being used by the government?
Oh, and by the way, it remains under an ongoing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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