26 July 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The London Borough of Hounslow has terminated its contract with support services provider Carillion.
In a statement Councillor Samia Chaudhary, cabinet member for green policy and leisure, Hounslow Council, said: "The council is ending the contract for library services by mutual agreement with Carillion. Responsibility for library services will transfer back to the council on Tuesday 1 August.
"We believe that by bringing this back in-house we can further improve what is a very valuable service for our residents and integrate this across our wider leisure and cultural services.
"Our intention is that the service to the public will not change, and there are no plans to close any of the libraries during the transfer."
A Carillion spokeswoman confirmed that the contract to provide library services in Hounslow had been ended by mutual agreement.
She added that Carillion continues to run the council's parks and open spaces.
John Laing Integrated Services, the support services and FM arm of John Laing, which was sold to Carillion in 2013, held the original contract. Carillion then took charge of the deal.
This month Carillion reported a dip in profits and announced that Richard Howson had stepped down as group chief executive and from the board. It then launched a strategic review.
It then announced that it had appointed professional services firm EY to support its strategic review with a particular focus upon cost reduction and cash collection.
Last week FM World also reported that Oxfordshire County Council planned to exit a significant proportion of the contract with Carillion that sees the latter provide many services on the authority's behalf.