Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Guardian: easyCouncil costs more than it saves

Today's Guardian reports how easyCouncil has so far cost more than it has saved.
The Conservative-controlled north London council has committed to spending £1.5m this financial year on a much-hyped reform programme to help close a yawning budget gap, but it is on course to recoup just £1.4m in savings in the year.

The council's funding shortfall is set to hit £15m next year, and the borough has tried to innovate through its "One Barnet" programme. This includes paying to develop a system of "life coaches" to persuade residents to reduce dependence on the state, appointing business consultants to help town hall officials and even opening a library in a branch of Starbucks in a pilot which could result in the closure of some library buildings.

The programme is budgeted to deliver savings of £13m a year by 2014, about a third of the total cuts planned by the council. It had been projected to save £3m by the end of the financial year, but Lynne Hillan, council leader, has now admitted the savings will be less than half of that.
Read it all here.


S Curry said...

This Site belongs to Vicki Morris good freind of "The Loser Mill Hill Lib Dem candidate/Brian Coleman Stalker" Roger Tichbourne! Below are some of his collegues they should all be executed for their sick crimes.

Lib-Dem Council Election Candidate (Tower Hamlets/London), Justin Sillman – Convicted and jailed for 2 years for sexual abuse of young boys.

Lib-Dem Councillor (Leicestershire), Frank Beck – Received a total of 5 life sentences in 1991, after being convicted on 17 counts of indecent assault, buggery, rape, and actual bodily harm, as the ringleader of an organised paedophile ring operating within children's care homes in the Leicestershire area. Though never proven, it was also alleged that Cllr Beck was involved in the murder of children, and the production of `snuff` movies.

Lib-Dem Councillor (Malvern Hills/Worcestershire), Michael Angell - Convicted in 2008 on 11 counts of possession of indecent images of children, which he stored on the laptop computer provided for him by the council. Fined £2,5000 plus costs and given a 6-month suspended prison sentence by the judge, who described the Lib-Dem nonce as “a dirty old man”

Lib-Dem election candidate (Tavistock/Devon), Archibald Wood - Convicted and jailed for 6 years in 2007, for his part in a child-sex ring. Wood, along with 2 co-defendants, subjected a 12-year old girl and a 13-year old boy to 6 hours of rape and sexual abuse, after `ordering` the youngsters from another paedophile on the internet.

Lib-Dem election candidate (Bolton/Lancashire), Tanwir Taj Din - Convicted of indecent assault and jailed for 9 months in 2003, after he was found guilty of a sex attack on a woman passenger in his taxi cab.

Lib-Dem Councillor (Bradford/Yorkshire), Bob Hargreaves - Convicted in 2007 on 4 counts of indecent assault, 3 counts of indecency, and 1 count of attempted rape against two 11-year old girls. The 62-year old Lib-Dem beast was sent to prison for 5 years.

Lib-Dem Councillor (Preston/Lancashire), Bill Chadwick – Charged in 2003 with making an indecent photograph of a child, as well as inciting another man to commit the kidnap, rape, torture, and murder of a schoolgirl. Eventually convicted on 18 counts of making indecent images of children, fined £1000 and placed on the sex offenders register for life. Chadwick’s gay lover - Alan Valentine, who has since committed suicide, was also a Lib-Dem councillor.

vickim57 said...

I'm bored now, but I'll say it again...

The comment above belongs to Stephen Curry, a prominent BNP member, who demonstrates more clearly each passing day how politically deranged he is.