Barnet’s Labour councillors are calling for a directly managed in-house option for Street Scene services to be considered alongside the other shortlisted options for the future delivery of all Barnet’s street based services including recycling and waste collection, street cleansing and green spaces.
Labour councillors believe that a directly managed in-house service run and delivered by staff who know and care about the borough is the best way to provide the high quality services that residents deserve.
Conservative-run Barnet Council are aiming to save £900,000 from Street Scene services by 2019/20, and part of the savings will be achieved through an ‘alternative delivery mechanism’.
The current four short listed options are:
- to continue in-house service delivery with management support from The Barnet Group,
to transfer all service delivery to The Barnet Group as a Local Authority Trading Company,
to outsource service delivery to an external provider(s),
or to share service delivery with a neighbouring local authority.
Labour councillors on the Environment Committee believe an enhanced and directly managed in-house option was not properly considered at the initial outline business case stage. The scores were based on the pre-December 2015 service where problems had been identified, rather than assessing how a future improved service could operate.
They have referred the initial outline business case report up to the 1 November Full Council meeting for further discussion.
Labour’s Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: "The Tory approach seems to be to say that they are incapable of running efficient high quality in-house services. Rather than wasting time and money looking at alternative delivery models for street scene services, the Tories should concentrate on cleaning up Barnet, increasing recycling rates and improving our green spaces."
1. Link to the Street Scene Alternative Delivery Mechanism Initial Outline Business Case: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=162&MId=8816&Ver=4
For more information contact Cllr Schneiderman: cllr a firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568