In 100 days time on Thursday 6 December at 7 pm in Hendon Town Hall members of Barnet Council Cabinet Resources Committee will formally award a ten year contract to either BT or Capita.
UNISON has published a link to a list of 100 reasons why One Barnet is high risk and bad for residents and services in order to demonstrate the serious risk and concerns which have been raised by local trade unions, staff, and residents over the last four years.
Over the last four years our union has submitted over 30 detailed reports to the Council in an attempt to discuss an alternative less risk approach to delivering services to the residents of Barnet.
But time is running out in just over a 100 days’ time (6 December) a handful of Conservative councillors will sit in a committee room in Hendon Town Hall and agree a contract worth up to £750 million to either Capita or BT.
UNISON is still seeking a meeting with the Leader and members of his Cabinet to discuss an alternative to the high risk £Billion pound One Barnet gamble.
Until we have this meeting yesterday marked the beginning of a hundred (there may be more) reasons why One Barnet Programme needs to be abandoned and an alternative plan be approved.
Branch Secretary John Burgess said “We are asking for a public sector comparator to be developed using in house local expertise. We are concerned big business views Barnet Council services as simply a line on a spreadsheet”
Contact details: John Burgess Barnet UNISON on 07738389569 or email: email@example.com
Barnet Council is implementing a policy known as the One Barnet Programme and sometimes referred to as the ‘Commissioning Council’. This mass outsourcing policy is designed to the divest itself of responsibility to deliver services to its residents. The first One Barnet project known as New Support Customer Services Organisation (NSCSO) will be for back office services such a Finance, Revenues & Benefits, Estates, IT, HR & Payroll etc, it is estimated to be worth up to £750 million pounds with a opportunity to extend for a further five years. The second One Barnet project known as Development & Regulatory Services (DRS) is due to go to Barnet Council Cabinet Resources Committee on 8 January 2013 where a contract worth up to £275 million pounds will be awarded to Capita Symonds or EC Harris.
Both contracts are for ten years with an option to extend for a further five years.
100 reasons why One Barnet is high risk and bad for residents and services
Keep up to date go to the New Barnet UNISON website at http://www.barnetunison.me.uk