Sadly Mr Mustard cannot make this evening's meeting of the BPOSC - Budget and Performance Overview and Scrutiny Committee as he has a prior commitment.
You can all go along. You will find the agenda available to download here. guff
You might find the final page of agenda item 9 interesting. It is here along with page 1.
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Sorry that page 15 is sidewards but let me tell you what it says. The budget for OneBarnet for the year 2011/12 i.e. the year to 31 March 2012 is £5,928,988 - let us call it £6m for round numbers.
Mr Mustard has just popped into the downstairs toilet ( yes really ) and found the pamphlet "The Council Tax and Business Rate in Barnet 2011/12". On page 3, Message from the Council, it says
"Our One Barnet programme will make over £13m of savings over the next 3 years and this, along with other improvements to efficiency, will account for the bulk of our savings."
Oh dear, OneBarnet will cost £6m in a year ( = £18m in 3 years ) and as far as Mr Mustard is aware has not yet saved a single penny. Unless, of course, you know better ?
Hopefully the Councillors who read the blog will give the figures presented to them a good workout. Also councillors take a look at the risk scores of 16 which are very high with both the likelihood and the impact coming in at 4. They couldn't be much worse.