My response to Cllr Maureen Braun of Hendon Ward

This is in response to Cllr Braun's email to me earlier today.

Dear Cllr Braun,

Thank you for your prompt response.

I am disappointed by your response. oneBarnet is the largest and most complex outsourcing project in the history of local government. No other authority has gone as far as Barnet, and a three line response hardly seems proper. Not only will this administration be handing over £1bn worth of contracts to just two companies, it will also make your role as a councillor somewhat redundant, as you will have little control of the services being provided. I have a strong feeling that the next step in this process will be to reduce the number of councillors.

To date, all contracts this large have failed or have provided a lower quality of service, you only need to look at the disaster surrounding G4S or more concerning, the Serco contract with NHS Cornwall (

The oneBarnet project started long before the times of austerity, stating that this has to happen due to budget constraints is a flagrant lie.

I have special concerns regarding adult social care provision, and potential consequences involving the third sector. As a supporter of Jewish Care & Norwood, charities which works closely with Barnet Council and rely on many of its care provision services i hope you can catagorically state that future support for these organisations, and other third sector organisations will be secure. I know for a fact that Jewish Care are concerned by the oneBarnet project.

I would be grateful for a more comprehensive response outlining your position on all of the aspects as listed below of the oneBarnet programme and how each of these services will be improved by oneBarnet.

Strategic Planning and Housing Strategy
Highways Transport and Regeneration
Highways Strategy
Building Control and Structures
Planning Development Management
Land Charges
Highways Network Management
Highways Traffic and Development
Environmental Health
Trading Standards & Licensing
Cemetery & Crematorium
Corporate Procurement
Customer Services
Human Resources
Information Systems
Revenues and Benefits

Yours Sincerely,

Adam Langleben

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commented 2012-07-20 16:08:28 +0100 · Flag
Response from Cllr Mark Shooter:

Dear mr langleben
Thank you for your e mail. Our surgery is on august 6th at the town hall if you wish to discuss this matter specifically relating to hendon ward. Otherwise I have passed this on to the relevant cabinet member.
Kind regards
Cllr mark shooter
@ mentioned @BetterBarnet link to this page. 2012-07-20 15:41:54 +0100
Now with new reply from Cllr Maureen Braun of Hendon Ward - she cant answer my questions! via @BetterBarnet
commented 2012-07-20 15:40:26 +0100 · Flag
I have just received another response from Cllr Maureen Braun, as below:

Braun, Cllr Maureen Conservative 20 July 2012 15:24
To: Adam Langleben

I cannot answer your list in honestly, as I personally have little or no input into the specific services outlined. However, I am satisfied that in the one where I am most involved – planning – the councillors will have just as much control as they already do,. I did ask a lot of questions.
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My response to Cllr Maureen Braun of Hendon Ward via @BetterBarnet @adamlangleben
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My response to Cllr Maureen Braun of Hendon Ward via @BetterBarnet @adamlangleben
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