G4S Secure Solutions has won a technology-enabled contract to secure the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) estate of over 700 properties spread across England, Wales and Scotland. Under what is one of the largest integrated security contracts of its kind awarded in the UK, G4S’ security technology will be combined with professionally-trained security officers across the DWP estate, in turn providing “an innovative and cost-effective solution” designed to meet the client’s needs.
The DWP is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill-health benefits to around 18 million claimants and customers. The DWP is a ministerial department supported by 14 agencies and public bodies. The current Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is David Gauke MP, with the Minister of State being Damian Hinds MP.
The new contract with G4S Secure Solutions commences in April and runs for an initial period of five years, with a potential two-year extension thereafter.
Speaking about the newly-signed deal, G4S Secure Solutions UK’s managing director Doug Hewitson explained to Risk UK: “Our innovative approach will reshape the current security provision to provide a safe and secure environment for DWP customers and staff.”
G4S Group’s CEO Ashley Almanza added: “We’re delighted that the DWP has selected G4S to design and deliver what is a large and technology-enabled security solution. This adds to the growing number of clients across our markets who are using G4S’ integrated solutions which combine the group’s guarding services with both security technology and integration capabilities.”