|Join the lobby of the P&R committee|
Monday 17 June, 6pm
Hendon Town Hall
Following the scandals of the
£2million fraud, a report was commissioned by the council (the
Grant Thornton report). This report found that there were “significant
financial control weaknesses…“poor accounting controls”. There are also
other scandals such as of the overspend on the Capita contract by £145.9
million and the excessive and expensive use of agency staff. All this
leads to continuously deteriorating services and the waste of public
John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor said: “The Grant Thornton (GT) review of the two Capita contracts in Barnet provides yet more evidence of the folly of privatisation of public services. When I read “significant financial control weaknesses…“poor accounting controls” in the GT review it summed up what I have been saying about the current Tory government.
External Auditors in May also reported that Capita “don’t have a particularly strong control environment”, the auditor reported, and then stated that Capita were “not minded” to provide assurance over systems running processes on Barnet Council’s behalf.
As a result of all these indictments, Barnet’s P&R committee agreed to review the Capita contract including the option of bringing back services in-house. Despite the failure of the contract with Capita, The report for the P&R committee meeting on 17 June accepts the current relationship with Capita and accepts that there is no alternative but to carry on with a failing contract. It is Barnet residents, and council staff, that will continue to suffer as a result of the Tories’ illusion that privatisation works. In Barnet, the evidence of the Capita contract shows that it does not.
For a full analysis of the report to the committee and of the Capita contracts so far, read Mr Reasonable’s latest blog here.
Kick out Capita!
Join the lobby of the P&R committee
Monday 17 June, 6pm, Hendon Town Hall