This excellent video from Barnet Alliance sums up the case against Barnet's Council's 'One Barnet' policy that will see 70% of council services out-sourced.
Earlier this week the Labour opposition on Barnet Council, deploying a vote of no confidence at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council, made a strong case against the policy.
- The loss of democratic accountabilty via councillors and the council when services were out-sourced
- The poor record of private companies in this area which has included some becoming bankrupt
- The uselessness of 'guarantees' provided during procurement when companies become bankrupt
- Council tax payers' money being used to boost private company profits
- The need for support for in-house bids from the present skilled and experienced workforce
- The loss of those skills to the council once private companies have taken over
- Deteriorating performance by private companies once the initial honeymoon after the awarding of the contract is over
In today's Brent and Kilburn Times a council spokesperson said that despite the collapse of the 4 borough public realm contract after the withdrawal of Barnet and Richmond, that Brent would go ahead anyway. In a twist to the story, despite the Casino claim in the video, Barnet had decided that the 4 borough contract was 'too great a risk' and decided to go in-house 'with stretch' for waste services that had previously been provided by May Gurney.