The Ministry of Justice has announced that Capita will take over as interim supplier on the electronic tagging contract currently held by Serco and G4S.
The incumbents have been involved in a row with government over billing practices on the contract, which has led to the MoJ beingovercharged by millions of pounds. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) Is conducting an investigation into G4S and Serco’s roles in the scandal, which has seen off a number of bosses at the companies.
Capita will take over delivery of the electronic monitoring - using systems and equipments supplied by G4S and Serco - on an interim basis by April 2014.
“Under the interim contracts the Ministry of Justice will have far greater oversight over costs and charging than previously, with direct access to the supplier’s systems to increase transparency,” said Justice secretary Chris Grayling.
The government is currently at the preferred bidder stage of the contract process, with the contract for ‘next generation’ tagging expected to be awarded in the new year. Capita is among four preferred bidders, which include Buddi, Astrium and Telefonica.
The new electronic tags will have GPS capability and will be introduced later in 2014, the MoJ said.
“Once in place the new GPS tags will mean that anyone suspected of committing an offence can be identified as having been at the scene of a crime or quickly eliminated from enquiries. This will deliver swifter justice and save valuable police time and money,” said Grayling.