This is a break from the norm. Usually outsourcing means cost cutting with redundancies contributing a large chunk of the savings.
But Cleveland has become Steria's first customer of its new service offered to police forces. It needs staff after all. Perhaps when the next police force signs up for the shared service there will be redundancies.
One to watch.
If the savings can be found in areas other than cutting people costs the civil service might be more accepting of outsourcing IT in the public sector.