Essex outsourcing champion charged in expenses scandal


"I have never claimed more in expenses than I have spent in the course of my duties," he insisted.

In December 2009, Essex County Council signed an eight-year agreement with IBM to transform its operations and services, and slash costs. It is expected to eventually cost between £2.3 billion and £5.4 billion, dependent upon the services procured.

The council has been criticised for the scale of the project. Essex last November suggested it had learnt lessons from previous outsourcing contracts, possibly including an , and that flexibility and clear break clauses were built-in to the IBM deal.