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Apr 16 2016

Barry Says: Harrow Council Blows £6.4 million on Consultants and Interims

cllr_barryHarrow Council spent over £6.4 million on consultants and interim staff during the last financial year, accordingly to data obtained by the opposition Conservative Group. The data for 2015-16, the year the Labour-run authority closed four libraries and cut voluntary sector funding by a third, shows that more than three times the annual budget for the whole library service was spent on expensive interim ‘experts’ and consultancy services.

Deputy Conservative Group Leader and finance spokesman Cllr. Barry Macleod-Cullinane said: “What this information shows is Labour’s bizarre spending choices. On one hand you’ve got libraries closing, cash stripped away from the voluntary sector and the Arts Centre put on life support, and on the other there’s a fortune spent on consultants and external specialists. Just as Labour didn’t tell residents about the £31 million pressure on the budget from their expensive building projects, this massive £6 million consultancy expenditure is buried so deeply in departments that it’s nearly impossible to find.”

Cllr. Macleod-Cullinane added: “This is exactly the sort of spending that Labour should look to cut before taking the axe to services, and the fact that these figures are so high show Labour aren’t doing their job properly – they should be going through then line by line. For all Labour’s bleating about not getting enough money from government, it is increasingly clear the real issue for Harrow is how the administration spends (and often wastes) the money it actually has.”

 

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  1. Someonewhocares

    Ok, now can anyone give some good (accounting) reasons why the Council spend so much on this type of activity – is it maybe something to do with Financial Reporting, Capital Expenditures vs. Deductibles or HMRC/Tax issues, maybe?

  2. F.D.Billson

    Why bother to try to find excuses for this incompetent Labour run council. Labour has always been hopeless at managing the finances whether it be at Government or local council level.

  3. Someonewhocares

    Well F.D. if you just google “Cost Council Consultants” you will see this sane problem everywhere!

    Similarly read Lockwood’s “rationale” for this:-

    http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/harrow-council-spends-over-6m-11190985

    Apparently “businesses do this all the time”; So that’s all right then!

  4. Someonewhocares

    If you can not be bothered to follow the link, here is the reelvant Lockwood ‘statement’ in all it’s glory):
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    ‘This is how businesses operate’

    In response to the figures, Michael Lockwood, chief executive at Harrow Council told getwestlondon : Hiring temporary staff means that we can deliver important services for residents and bring in specialist skills as and when required to deliver value for money.

    “This is because we don’t have the additional employment costs that come with hiring a permanent member of staff.

    “This is how businesses operate and shows the council is being more business-like and responsible with taxpayers money.

    “Like all councils and businesses we have to bring in professional auditors, surveyors and engineers on our major building sites and independent chairs for our safeguarding services.”
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Yes, that’s right everybody – this is *a good thing*! No, still not convinced? Me neither!
    Yes, we know, if the Council really *was* run like a business it would be defunct by now..

  5. red mirror

    mr lockwood spoken like a true mason defending his brothers at all costs per masonic ritual conflict of interests? no couldn’t be COULD IT?

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