Government must re-consider Capita MoD firefighters co...

Government must re-consider Capita MoD firefighters contract on social value criteria

25 June 2018

Unite, the UK’s largest union, has called on the government to withdraw its decision to award the contract to privatise the Ministry of Defence (MoD) firefighters and defence workers, to troubled outsourcing company Capita, following the announcement that all future outsourcing contracts should be assessed on ‘social value’.

Last week (Monday 18 June) it was announced that the government had awarded the MoD firefighters contract to Capita, on a 12 year contract.

Social Value

Today (Monday 25 June) cabinet officer minister David Lidington announced that in the light of Carillion’s collapse early this year, it would amend the Social Value Act to require all central government contracts to “explicitly evaluate social value where appropriate”.

Government must reconsider

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail, said: “If the government’s new pledge is going to have any value whatsoever then it must immediately reconsider its plans to privatise the MoD firefighters.

“There is absolutely no social value in awarding this contract to Capita, a company which has a risk factor of 10:10 due to its dire financial situation. The government now has yet another reason to cancel the awarding of this contract and maintain the service in-house.

“MoD firefighters and defence workers are on the frontline of protecting the UK’s military bases both in the UK and abroad. They are required to protect military equipment in war zones when required.

“If social value means anything then dedicated defence workers should not have their lives and jobs privatised, with their futures dependent on the decisions of Capita which is solely focused on maximising its own profits.”


Notes to editors:

Decision to outsource MoD firefighters shows government has learnt nothing from Carillion collapse

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.