Proposals to outsource a further tranche of council services – this time Streetscene services, including waste, recycling and street cleaning – will be discussed at the Environment Committee at 7pm this evening.
Labour councillors will be opposing the proposals on the basis that savings are unproven, good staff will be lost and the current outsourced services are not providing a good quality service to local residents – the parking contract under NSL, customer care, HR and IT services under Capita have all been dogged with problems and customer complaints. Many residents still feel misled by the way Barnet Council spun the £16.1m so-called Capita 'investment' into the council's crumbling IT after discovering the Council was actually paying for it.
Labour's environment spokesperson, Cllr Alan Schneiderman said: "We’re opposing yet another outsourcing of another tranche of crucial front line services which we believe will only lead to a worse service for residents and may not even save any money! The refuse service is well run in-house and we should be building on that to provide high quality value for money services.
"Luckily we seem to have persuaded the Tories to drop the absurd plan to switch off all the street lights and keep parks unlocked at night but they are still miraculously managing to make the figures add up to their cuts targets – it looks like it's all done on the back of a fag packet."
Details of the Environment Committee meeting and report on Business Planning can be found here:
For further details please contact Cllr Alan Schneiderman: firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568