“Lewisham Council Chooses Atos Consulting For Collaborative Working Project”

London, UK – 9 March 2005

DWP-Funded Study Will Explore How Local Authorities Can Achieve Efficiencies in Line with Gershon Review Saving Targets Atos Consulting, the global consulting practice of Atos Origin, today announced that it has been selected by the London Borough of Lewisham to identify models for Local Authority collaboration in the administration of Housing and Council Tax Benefits. The findings of the Atos Consulting research, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will be published in June 2005 on the DWP website.

As part of its Best Value review, which highlighted opportunities available from collaborative working, Lewisham identified several legal and strategic impediments to real collaborative working. Atos Consulting will explore these as well as investigating how shared infrastructure, systems development and collaborative working could create economies of scale. Atos Consulting will consider how greater collaboration could continue to improve local authority service delivery and suggest ways in which collaborative models could be applied to other services.

“We are really excited about working with Lewisham on this project to help them and other local authorities identify how collaborative working can help them achieve the efficiency targets set by the Gershon Review”, said Kevin Simmons, Head of Government Financial Management Solutions, Atos Consulting. “The Gershon Review has national relevance and it is by driving initiatives at a local level that the best results will be achieved.”

The project has received funding from the DWP along with a number of other local authority projects to develop products that will bring about improvements in the administration of housing and council tax benefits.

“We selected Atos Consulting because of our previous experience with them and their extensive experience in Shared Services. We believe they have the knowledge and expertise to help us overcome the obstacles to collaborative working and help us to meet the ambitious targets set out in the Gershon Review,” said Mick Lear, Benefits Manager at Lewisham. “We look forward to reading the findings of the study and implementing the recommended actions.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology (IT) services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs 45,000 people in 50 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and its clients include ABN AMRO, Akzo Nobel, Alstom, BNP Paribas, Ericsson, EDF, Euronext, Fiat, France Telecom, ING, KPN, Philips, Renault, Royal Bank of Scotland, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank, Telecom Italia, UK Department for Work and Pensions, Unilever, Vivendi Universal and Vodafone.

Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Euronext Premier Marché and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline, Atos Consulting.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Crouch
Atos Origin
Tel: +44 20 7830 4233
Email: caroline.crouch@atosorigin.com

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