Mr Mustard expects that you would like to see what presentations are being made by Barnet Council Officers to the world at large.
There is one here on the website of the Association of London Environmental Health Managers. Do you suppose other Councils learn from Barnet what to do or what not to do ?
Rick Mason ( Assistant Director, Housing & Environmental Health - nice to see what work someone on £104,673 p.a. can produce ) produced this on 7 May 2011 and it was published online on 1 June.
You can read the slides yourself. Mr Mustard will just pick out a few points.
"All the risks of not doing this" are just a theoretical list of possible failures that no well-managed sensible Council would allow to occur. They do not justify OneBarnet.
OneBarnet projected savings. Year 9 - £102m ( in total ).
The Council spends £900m a year. In 9 years it will spend £8,100 million.
A saving of £102m as a percentage of £8,100m is just 1.26%
that is hardly the most radical programme of savings you have ever heard of is it ?
and all this fuss about OneBarnet being the best thing since sliced bread.
The Barnet Bloggers, given access to the complete books of the Council, could save that without the expense of a single consultant as the following paragraph demonstrates.
There was a case of overcharging that Mr Reasonable found recently. Paying £17 per hour for something worth £9 odd. Be generous and just call it a 70% overcharge. Looking the other way, percentages are funny things, the charge for security ( yes, MetPro again ) has now been reduced by 7/17*100 = 41%
Interestingly, and typically sloppily, Cllr Rams on his blog ( which Mr Mustard will not give you a link to as it is not to his taste ) wrote that:
The council has already begun a major transformation programme – One Barnet – to radically change the way we deliver services and save £100m over the next ten years
So that is a slippage of a year already built into the programme.
The bidder invests £1m in his bid. Where does he get that back from ? Why us of course.