13 November 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
The costs of Carillion are still emerging, according to a report into the company's fall by Oxfordshire County Council.
The local authority's audit and governance committee has published an update report on the recovery and improvement plans after the liquidation of Carillion in January.
In July, the committee considered a report on the implementation of the Carillion Recovery & Improvement Plan.
The plan included four phases of work following the transition of the services from Carillion (phase 1) in February 2018.
Phase two was stabilisation involving operational issues falling out of the transfer of staff and functions from Carillion. Phase three was the assessment of Carillion legacy issues, a more detailed assessment of completed and part completed projects, as well as audits of statutory and operational compliance.
Phase four was implementation - this includes the programme of work for the rectification of known defects, any work resulting from latent defects and the programme of maintenance, repairs and replacement identified from the asset surveys.
The update states that for phases two to four "the work is now at the point where it is more helpfully delivered through the business-as-usual (BAU) arrangements, particularly with the new assistant directors now in post".
The update points out that with the very rapid transfer of staff, it is not possible to fully resolve all the operational issues prior to transfer.
It also states that the assessment for pay for cleaning and catering staff has been dealt with. The facilities managers would be considered within the proposals for reconfiguring the service - including roles and grades. This would be implemented early in 2019, as part of a new operating model for FM.
Remaining stabilisation issues will now be monitored and managed as part of the business-as-usual arrangements, says the report.
The report recommends to the committee to consider and comment on continuing progress in the implementation of the Carillion Recovery & Improvement Plan.