|"is providing"? Mr Mustard thinks this statement is not true|
In the bright new world of 2012 the parking section was one of the first services to be contracted out under the One Barnet banner (a brand which has served it's purpose in 2014 according to Richard Cornelius the "leader" of the council). Has the supposed contract saving of £600,000 p.a. been achieved? Mr Mustard checked the first full year ended 31 March 2014.
Note that costs stay fairly level during the contract period. Inflation was ignored.
|The final row of this table = the difference between top & bottoms rows of table above|
So this table shows roughly a £600,000 a year projected saving.
How have NSL and the council done?
Firstly, NSL have claimed, and been paid, for extra deployment hours i.e. paying for extra traffic wardens to roam the streets and dish out more Penalty Charge Notices, which might have been in order to catch up with the non-target of expected PCN numbers which would otherwise have been missed.
So that was nearly half a £million saving down the drain. Extra hours added 18% to the contract cost.
Then the council (some highly paid consultant who is now miles away) massively under-estimated the costs of PayByPhone. That service certainly isn't cheap and is probably about the same as the cost of cash meters and collecting cash.
Then the new software doesn't appear to have been put in the main tender figures. It was quoted separately (hence the fairly level tender costs) and £174,755 has been paid out so far.
The main saving came, ironically, from performance failure as KPI payments had to be negotiated months in arrears.
So, there you have the main elements of the contract variances. To summarise:
|Overall contract position|
|KPI failure saving||-114,336|
So not only does it look like the contract hasn't made the projected £600,000 saving, but it has actually cost £56,000 more than the pre-savings budget. That is partly to do with the software change but NSL needed to be paid for extra hours which wiped out a nett £363,000 of the savings (after deductions for poor performance) and £180,000 went on extra PayByPhone charges which seem to have been grossly under-estimated. So much for the decision to remove cash parking meters being a minor decision. There were hidden costs.
Mr Mustard doesn't have enough data to gauge the effect of NSL on the income stream. He would if he could.
So if this is what the parking contract looks like after almost 2 years what do you suppose will be the position on the two large Capita contracts as time goes by. Will they also fail to produce the projected savings. At least we can get rid of NSL in 2017 when their 5 years is up, unlike Capita who can hang around like a bad smell until 2023.
I think the parking manager needs to start planning now.