Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Government award CAPITA UK Military Fire and Rescue Contract Despite High Risk Scores

It is simply extraordinary that the government, despite the recent scandal of Carillion and the repeated failures of Capita have awarded them the contract to run the UK's military fire and rescue contract. It's even more incredible when you read that Capita scored "10 out of 10 for risk" in a document prepared for the MoD. One indicates the lowest probability of distress and 10 the highest".

It's not surprising that Capita have been labelled as high risk as they've recently posted huge losses and been forced to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds. They've also had MOD contracts taken off them by the government because they've failed to deliver on their contractual obligations.

I'm strongly against this decision and I will be working with the Trade Unions to fight it. Why is the British government privatising a service that works well and awarding it to a provider with a poor track record?

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