Barnet Council's Environment Committee has agreed to keep Street Scene services in-house, including waste, re-cycling and street cleansing, as it's likely to be the "most efficient, effective and economic option" according to a report discussed at a meeting on 11 May.
The committee report found that the full in-house option would save up to £5.5m over the next 3 years compared to the other options (in-house with management support from the Barnet Group or a Local Authority Trading Company). The report also recognises the hard work of the Council's street scene staff and that keeping the service in-house enables them to focus on improving the service even further.
At the March Environment Committee Labour councillors secured agreement that a full in-house service should be added as an option and considered alongside the other two options.
Labour's Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: "The Council's report makes it clear that the in-house option can commence sooner, has the greatest savings and is the option preferred by the public.
"It's good to see that the Barnet Tories have on this occasion put aside their ideological drive to outsource or privatise in favour of providing the best, most efficient services for residents."
1. The Environment Committee report on Street Scene services can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=695&MId=8594&Ver=4
2. For more on this from the Barnet Labour Group see: http://www.barnetlabour.org.uk/barnet_tories_u_turn_on_outsourcing_street_cleaning_and_waste_services
For more information contact Cllr Schneiderman: email@example.com