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Ceredigion CC appoints Logica to comply with new requirements

Thursday 16th August, 2012

Ceredigion County Council in mid-west Wales has appointed Logica to replace its legacy payroll system. The Council approached Logica as it urgently needed to replace its payroll system with a structure that was compliant with the HMRC Real Time Information (RTI) system for reporting pay, tax, National Insurance and other details. RTI becomes mandatory in 2013.

The Council selected Logica because it complied with procurement rules whilst offering the best solution to meet its current requirements. Additionally the Council can consider implementing self-service and HR modules once the payroll project has been completed. Logica is also able to implement the solution in minimal time and within the Council’s budget. Logica provided extensive support prior to the contract, which will substantially reduce the Council’s implementation.

Calum Macleod, Director – Local Public Services at Logica stated, “Last year we extended our position as a ‘framework supplier’ to the Government Procurement Services (GPS) having helped Public Sector organisations with their payroll systems since 2002. Ceredigion County Council approached us recognising this experience to help it revamp its payroll structure. We are delighted with the Council’s decision as it demonstrates the value, strength and viability of our involvement in the framework, as well as Logica's heritage and expertise in delivering payroll services.”

W. Gwyn Jones, Ceredigion County Council’s Director of Finance said, “The bureau contract in place under the framework is very detailed and comprehensive and together with the professional approach taken by Logica including a due diligence exercise places the Council in a good position to implement a new payroll system that will be fully compliant with HMRC’s reporting requirements with effect from April 2013.”

The implementation will begin with Logica’s Payroll Bureau service, with an option for the Council to look at, and consider, how else it can modernise its HR systems. The contract will last for a maximum of seven years.

The GPS framework enables any central government, police, education, local authority, health and any partially funded or fully funded public sector entity to benefit from shared services without a complicated or expensive procurement process. Through the frameworks Logica provides payroll services, HR systems, HR outsourcing, outsourced training and integrated financial and accounting systems. Centralised government frameworks such as this are expected to help save the government £3bn per year through reduced procurement costs and better contract value.