No One Barnet Transparency: You thought we were joking...!

Last week we published a blog by the Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore, saying One Barnet was mired in secrecy. You might have thought we were joking or exaggerating.

Here's evidence about how difficult it is for even elected councillors to get access to information about the risks of One Barnet.

Councillors at the last Audit committee asked for the complete risk register to be sent to them. Officers committed to do this, but nothing was done, despite the Leader of the Labour Group confirming in writing to the Leader of the Council and the relevant Cabinet Members that she was expecting a copy of the register to be emailed to all councillors.


Cllr Alison Moore then followed it up with a question to the Cabinet Member At the November Full Council meeting, and she was, rather patronisingly, given the following response,(Q30 pg 12) and a link to an 8 page document that was already available on the council's website.

Today a complete 59 page risk register has been sent to all councillors by a member of the public, who had to get the Information Commissioner to intervene and direct the council to hand over a complete, unredacted copy of this risk register.

Leader of the Barnet Labour group, Cllr Alison Moore said: "It is completely outrageous that elected councillors can repeatedly ask for a full copy of the OneBarnet risk register and are repeatedly refused a copy. I’m afraid goes to show just how mired in secrecy the whole One Barnet process has been – there’s been a complete lack of transparency. It does not bode well for the future scrutiny and monitoring of the two enormous One Barnet contracts that it requires a ruling from the Information Commissioner to get access to information that should be available to everyone."

Complete 59 page risk register:

 

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@LaBloggeuse tweeted link to this page. 2012-11-13 20:07:26 +0000
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commented 2012-11-13 19:04:43 +0000 · Flag
Unbelievable. Un-be-lievable. This needs to be shared before it is too late. Do we have any lawyers willing to do something?
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