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Haringey and Islington to vote on a plan to transfer the ICT function to Camden

Matteo Natalucci Published 04 January 2018

The proposals will be considered by Haringey’s Cabinet on January 16 and at Camden Council’s Cabinet on January 24


Haringey and Islington are considering directly delegating their Digital and ICT services to Camden as their host authority.

The proposals will be considered by each authority in turn. It will be considered by Haringey’s Cabinet on January 16 and by Camden Council’s Cabinet on January 24.

According to an Islington Council document on the proposed change, the current one interim arrangement currently in place “is not considered sustainable in the long term and will not establish a high-performing single team that retains and attracts the best Digital and ICT staff”.

The document recommends that the decision making for the ICT functions of Haringey, Islington and Camden should be transferred to either a new and reconstituted lean Joint Committee or via Camden’s usual delegation arrangement to the Executive Director Corporate Services to be undertaken by the Chief Digital and Information Officer.

Staff would be transferred to Camden under TUPE Regulations and their existing terms and conditions will be protected under this arrangement.

In the report Camden, Haringey and Islington Councils recognise that sharing their Digital and ICT services efficiently and effectively will bring many benefits, including saving money, improving performance and resilience, and sharing learning to support better digital services to citizens and residents. 

Camden and Islington initially created the Shared Digital service in September 2015, with Haringey agreeing to join in March 2016.

This report follows consideration by the Shared Digital Joint Committee on October 30 2017 of governance options for the shared service with Camden and Haringey.

It is understood that Islington will be the first of the councils to make a decision, with the proposal up for discussion by its executive committee on January 4. 

The report said, “These proposals will strengthen governance and enable us to build an efficient, strong, robust and resilient Shared Digital service that will save money in the delivery of ICT services. More significantly, Shared Digital will improve the service to our users while enabling and encouraging innovation.”

The document says the transition could take place in April of this year.

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