Capita's excess hits Slashdot
I thought our local providers were bad for price gouging but if this article is to be beleived they may be 'comparitivly' ethical. Yikes, I'll run their site for that ammount.
Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | £32k a Day For Birmingham Council Website
£2.8million for council website as 26,000 face job cuts - UK Wired News
Birmingham Wired have uncovered that Birmingham City Council spent £2.8 million on a council website, with their IT system costing the tax-payer over £48 million since 2006. Meanwhile the council puts 26,000 staff have had their jobs threatened with potential redundancy.
The website cost £2.8million was exposed after a Freedom of Information Act request to Birmingham City Countil. Many being less than impressed with the outcome. In contrast, the second most expensive council website - Essex Council, spent £800,000.
The website was created by the outsourcing company Capita.
Capita, a London based company state on their website:
"To date we’ve invested £48.4m in a combination of staff training, network upgrades, server replacements, hardware and software – and we continue to drive efficiency through innovation"
Capita posted a recession-busting half-year turnover of £1.3bn, with profits up 15% to £163.1 million, meanwhile many are predicting the "worst round of council job losses for a generation" with at least 25,000 workers nationally under-threat of losing their jobs.