Friday, 20 April 2018
Hugh Rayner, chair of Barnet Audit, slams his own committee for poor training and skirting over issues
"The Audit Committee is an important committee. It is important that members get involved in the process and are able to ask the deep questions that are necessary. I sometimes get the impression that we skirt over a little bit, possibly by lack of knowledge, but good training will lead to better auditing"
In short, last night we saw the chair of the Audit committee saying that the committee members lacked proper training and had skirted over issues. When you then consider that his vice chair stated that residents are being fleeced by Capita and other contractors and that the leadership doesn't like difficult questions, there can be no doubt that the administration is out of its depth, badly run and not capable of making sure that anything is being done properly.
The complete mess that the council have made, with a top heavy structure of contractors monitoring contractors and no one being properly accountable was exposed by local blogger John Dix (AKA Mr Reasonable) who asked a question of the committee that reveals why it is almost impossible to get anything done properly in Barnet. Just watch this short clip. Near the end, Hugh Rayner asks whether the structure could be better. The non answer sums up just why we need a new broom.
The Barnet Eye believes that John Dix should be co-opted onto the Audit committee as an independent peoples representative to ask these robust and difficult questions. I am quite frankly in awe of what John has done. He is constantly denied access to documents and fobbed off, yet he asks harder and more searching questions than the rest of the committee.
I applaud Hugh Rayner for telling the truth. Sadly, like Sury Khatri, it seems that the more capable and independent minded members of the Tory party are surpluss to requirements. As Sury Khatri said "As Cllr Dan Thomas (Deputy Leader of the Barnet Conservatives) lays the ground for his right wing and hard Brexit based leadership coup, he only wants yes men in the Conservative group"
The Barnet Eye was the first blog to film a meeting in the council chamber, before it was officially allowed. Rather amusingly, it was Hugh Rayner who we chose to film. Hugh was not best pleased at the time, but we won the day and I think it is quite appropriate that we were there to film what is perhaps the finest moment from Hugh in the Council Chamber. As a candidate for the Lib Dems in Mill Hill in the elections in May, I absolutely guarantee that I will ensure that Hugh's suggestions are taken up. Like Hugh, I believe good scrutiny is the key to success. I suspect that I will be having quite a few friendly cups of tea with Hugh to pick his brains on how to ensure Barnet residents get good service. I will make this vow to Hugh and every other Barnet resident. If I get in, I will not wait until my final council meeting to make important points that are vital to ensure value for money for residents. I will ask these questions from day one.
Chair, it is usual for the vice chair of a committee to thank the chair at the end of the municipal year. As this is my last meeting as a Barnet councillor, perhaps you will permit me a few final valedictory words too?
It has been an honour to serve as their community champion for the residents of Mill Hill for 8 years. In that time I have tried my best to take up their issues and concerns, and deliver real positive changes, such as the diving club, the future of the library and with the many planning applications we have received. I fear though that my zealous advocacy for the residents of Mill Hill may have cost me the selection. As Cllr Dan Thomas (Deputy Leader of the Barnet Conservatives) lays the ground for his right wing and hard Brexit based leadership coup, he only wants yes men in the Conservative group, and thus I have been discarded. Astonishing that after 8 years of serving the community, without a blemish on my record and more than a decade serving the party amounted to zero.
I have had residents contacting me expressing shock and disgust – a Conservative councillor telling me among other things that when joined the Conservative party it was not this party – a nasty party. Isn’t it telling that of the 31 other councillors only a handful had the decency to contact me expressing also shock and disgust. Today have the party group chairman sitting alongside here but not even a squeak - silence is deafening. We have been hearing for some time that deselection was discussed last summer and that the exercise should be prolonged to the 11th hour – damage limitation was on mind. Momentum has arrived in the Conservative party. however, my time at the council has been overshadowed by the disastrous Capita contracts, which is falling apart at the seams. 4 years on issues still keep crawling out the woodwork. This contract represents poor value for money, and the residents are being fleeced. I believe my deselection by Daniel Thomas is motivated by my scepticism of the Capita contracts. Today’s public questions and current media reports vividly illustrates the complete incompetence of capita. The contracts are a shambles and a disaster and performing badly and council taxpayers are being fleeced by Capita .
The new depot – this has been badly mismanaged but Cllr Thomas should be more worried about his own dire performance. The disaster we have seen with bin collections these last two weeks are because of his disastrous management of the move from the Mill Hill depot to the Abbots depot and having to pay over the odds, He is the chair of ARG (assets, regeneration & Growth) committee, and it is now apparent that there is not enough room for the repair of vehicles, and I understand there are serious problems with the structures. one cannot put such important projects in the hands of such a useless person. who is going to pick up the tab, not Capita but Barnet taxpayers?
Another example - take the millions paid to Capita and which are lost and irrecoverable due to their incompetence on the design of the site in north london – not been made public, why? next estates. The list is long but time is against me. I want to thank all the officers connected with this committee and those of the other committees, governance officers with whom I have the pleasure to work with and for the support they extended me in carrying out my councillor duties – very much appreciated.
But returning to my thanks to the chair - although I am finding it difficult I will say only this on behalf of the committee members to thank the chairman for the neutral and inclusive manner he has conducted the meetings during the last 12 months. This is your last meeting too, as you have stood down from hale. All I can say is that the people of Hale will get a significant upgrade in the quality of their representation if they vote for the labour candidates - Ernest, Rachel and Liron. They deserve better. I hope the residents deliver the right result on 3rd May – Conservatives losing control. Thank you"
Roger Tichborne, Lib Dem candidate for Mill Hill commented "Councillor Khatri is one of the most respected politicians in the Borough. This was recognised by the administration in his appointment as the vice chair of the audit committee. It is disgraceful that he appears to have been deselected because he was asking too many difficult questions. If Councillor Khatri says that residents are being fleeced, then he is someone who knows. He has said that he hopes residents deliver the right result on May 3rd. In Mill Hill, this means voting Lib Dems. Only the Lib Dems will curb the excesses of both the hard right and the loony left in Barnet. Our candidates have solid experience of running businesses and a long record of working for the community, rather than for vested interests. Last nights events in the council chamber show just how desperately the council needs people with common sense and common decency. The Lib Dems were the majority party in Mill Hill from 1994 to 2010. Mill Hill residents voted for Sury because they recognised he was a sensible and decent Conservative in 2010. Sadly for Sury and for Mill Hill, it is clear that these values have been abandoned by the Conservative Party. We hope that all Mill Hill residents recognise that it is time to return to these values with a vote for the Liberal Democrats".
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Walking around Mill Hill park, it was great to see so many people in the cafe, playing football, sunbathing. Shame about the full bins and litter, but lets not dwell on that today, lets celebrate our community.
So come on everybody, lets see your tweets of our fantastic neighbourhood.
Here's a couple of mine.
I love pottering around in my garden on a Sunny day— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) April 19, 2018
And here's a few that caught my eye.
How many parakeets can you spot? Snapped this on a glorious walk over Arrendene yesterday pic.twitter.com/iXQvOYX7JA— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) April 19, 2018
Summer is here in Mill Hill. A month ago it seemed like the middle of winter. Here’s a few of our fave summer scenes from around the town pic.twitter.com/aLtruWuW5E— A Better Mill Hill (@ABetterMillHill) April 19, 2018
Head for the park in #millhill loads of sun and a good breeze. Have a wonderful sunny warmest 19 April ever day— Mill Hill Broadway (@MillHillBwy) April 19, 2018
Mill Hill East Community Garden will be the perfect place to enjoy the summer sunshine 🌞 But first they need to hit their crowdfunding target! You can help by making a pledge! https://t.co/g4kovLa0hW @MHEChurch— Spacehive (@Spacehive) April 19, 2018
Another day in Paradise! Come down and have some fun! pic.twitter.com/TA30DvpgVX— MillHillMusicComplex (@MillHillMusicCo) April 19, 2018
I think I am blessed to live in Mill Hill. It is worth fighting to keep it like these.
P.S. I've signed up to support the Pesticide Free Barnet Campaign. All those lovely blooms need bees. Lets do our bit to protect them.
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
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"It is no good us paying more into the Metropolitan Police budget than any other borough while getting the fewest police officers per head in return"To my eyes, this says that the Barnet Conservatives have managed to bungle their way to getting us the worst deal from The Mayor of any Borough in London. I was quite staggered to read that they think boasting about how bad they are at getting a deal would win votes. In the second paragraph they state
"Barnet will not spend more of your money on extra police when you have already paid for them. Labour’s Mayor owes you those officers and we will fight to see that they are delivered"For some reason, the Barnet Conservatives have an obsession with the Mayor of London. They even passed a motion in Council labelling him an "enemy of the people". In my business career, I've done several courses, including one on negotiating. The first rule when trying to get a good deal is to build a relationship with the other party. Calling them names is guaranteed to make it as hard as possible to get a good deal. As I said at the start, we have to judge the manifesto against the record. The record shows that the Barnet Conservatives do not have the common sense to work constructively with the Mayor.
Then there is funding from the Conservative government (which has been running the country since 2010 in one form or another). How good a deal have the Barnet Conservatives been getting?
"Where a Barnet voice is required in negotiating with Government or City Hall, aSadly for the Barnet Conservatives, they can't blame the Mayor for this one. They've had eight years to get a better deal. There own manifesto demonstrates that they can't.
Conservative Council will not sit quietly. As it stands, direct Government funding to the boroughs is unfair; Barnet gets £200 per head whilst Camden receives £505 per head"
Then they move onto how they manage contractors. They say
"We will continue to seek good value for money and will work withThe figures tell a different story, with huge overspending on contracts with Capita and Re.
our staff and contractors to make sure Barnet gets the services it deserves."
Over £116 million in overspending since 2013. Does that demonstrate that they can get a good deal? They go on to say
"Contractors will be robustly monitored to ensure continued value for money.This is at odds with reality. In 2014, they sacked the staff who monitored highway repairs. The result is a plague of potholes in the Borough. Anyone who has ever employed builders will know that if you don't check the work they do, then it isn't done properly. They go on to claim
"Contingency plans will be maintained to ensure that, whatever happens in our borough, the emergency will not catch Barnet Council out."On January 15th, following the collapse of Carillion, I sent an FOI request to Barnet Council asking whether a contingency plan existed for the collapse of Capita. I am rather surprised to see that the page on the council website, does not note that I appealed against the response from Barnet Council and that my appeal was upheld. The response pointed to documents released on 27th February, which were over a month after my request.
It was clear from my discussions with Barnet Council that no propercontingency plan existed on 15th January, apart from some contract provisions (that would be very hard to enforce against a bankrupt company). This email states
Dear Mr Tichborne
I write further to our email acknowledging your request for an internal review into the handling of your request for information.
You have requested an internal review of the Council's response in relation to your request. I have undertaken the internal review and uphold your complaint, the outcome of my review is set out below. Your complaint is upheld in part.
The request was overlooked and not logged until 23 February 2018 for which I apologise. The failure to log caused a delay in getting the information to you, but we did agree to backdate the date of the request to when you originally sent it as the fault was on our side so to the extent that the statutory due date was not met I uphold your complaint.
Therefore at the time the Council started processing your request, the information was held by the Council. I can further advise that the report to PCMC summarises the contingency arrangements, as set out in the relevant contracts. The report also describes how those arrangements would be exercised, in the event of an insolvency event. So, in terms of the information held as at 15 th January, it would be the contracts themselves, which are already published on the council's website.
There was an undocumented, internal discussion about how the arrangements would be exercised on Monday 15 th January. The arrangements were also discussed in June 2017, as part of the consideration of a contract pre-payment, and in December 2016, for the same reason.
Thank you for your interest in Barnet Council.
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
I was of the opinion that this response was still insufficient. Barnet supplied a further clarification, as you can see, getting a response is like getting blood from a stone.
We finish with the claim from the manifesto that they spend money prudently
"Above all, we will always remember that it is your money we are spending, and will do so prudently. "As you can see, they spend it very prudently on their allowances https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/council-and-democracy/democracy-and-elections/currently-elected-councillors/allowances-and-expenses.html and top execs https://open.barnet.gov.uk/dataset/workforce-and-senior-salaries-2017-18
Of course Barnet Council should pay competitive salaries at market rates to attract the best talents, but if this was the case, surely we wouldn't be seeing huge overspends on contracts, Childrens services failing, the IT resilience infrastructure being rated as inadequate and we wouldn't be seeing children excluded from libraries and potholes all over our roads. As for councillor allowances, some councillors get the basic £10,000 and do nothing at all. I would like to see all councillors required to publish a monthly timesheet detailing the work they've done for their allowances. I have no issue paying allowances to councillors of any party who work hard. If they can prove it fine. It seems to me that they are not delivering value for money. The state of roads and pavements is all the evidence I need to see that.
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
|Where did all the Barnet jobs go?|
You may think that none of this is your concern. We have calculated that the overspend on the One Barnet project, detailed below equates to £300 per person living in Barnet. I don't know about you, but I think that £1,500 for our family budget (a family of five people) would make a substantial difference. My guess is that would fix all of the potholes in Barnet, sort out the problems that OFSTED found in Childrens services, restore library services and still give you a lower tax bill. When the advert they published stated they cut council tax by £97, they neglected to say that they could have delivered all of their promises and cut it by even more if they ran the council properly.
Monday, 16 April 2018
I was interviewed by the Barnet Borough Times last week and explained that I believe this is because in 2014 Barnet Council got rid of the staff responsible for inspecting and signing off repairs and brought in a cut price system of contractors signing off their own work.
I raised this with the Barnet Times. They interviewed Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council, who blamed the recent cold weather for the pothole problems and insisted they would be repaired.
He said: “The roads were in quite good condition before the cold weather. We have four gangs out all the time repairing them at the moment. If they are reported, they do get fixed.”
Mr Cornelius said the council had been carrying out temporary repairs until the weather improved.
“Now the cold weather is over, the proper patching is taking place,” he added.
The council leader denied the problem was down to the use of private contractors and said the pothole situation in Barnet was “no better or worse” than in other boroughs.
Presumably the weather in Burnham on Crouch is no better than that in Barnet, but as you can see the roads are absoluitely fine. Blaming winter weather is clearly ridiculous, although there was a short cold spell, this was not a particularly bad year. Cllr Cornelius claims that "if potholes are reported, they get fixed". If the Lib Dems get in, we will put an end to this head in the sand reactive approach. We will ask refuse crews to identify and report potholes before they get bad enough to damage cars. I spoke to an expert in civil engineering who confirmed that the sooner you fix them, the cheaper it is and the longer the repairs last.
Voters in Mill Hill and elsewhere in Barnet can be sure of one thing. Councillor Cornelius has kindly made it quite clear that he thinks everything is marvellous and if the Conservatives are re-elected we will see more of the same. Both myself and my fellow candidate Richard Logue have a background in engineering. We will not be fobbed off by contractors who make excuses. We will make sure that a culture of doing things properly and not paying contractors until things are signed off will return. We believe that this will save money and give us better, safer roads. If it's good enough for Burnham on Crouch, it is good enough for Mill Hill and the rest of Barnet. And before anyone says this is just point scoring, the roads in Burnham on Crouch are the responsibility of Essex County Council. That is the council which Barnet had to bring in to sort out their childrens services, when OFSTED identified that they were failing. Essex County Council is a Conservative authority. I mention this, because it is quite clear to me that there are good and bad local authorities run by all shades of political party in the UK. It could not be clearer that, unlike Essex, Barnet are not capable of managing the business of council. Whatever your political persuasion, it is clear that Barnet Council needs change. We believe that only the Lib Dems have a credible program, that doesn't involve throwing money at programs or giving contractors pots of money and hoping it all works out fine.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Compering a great line up of comedy on Sunday 29th April at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue. With @josephbor, @sindhuvfunny and @domholland. Tickets here: https://t.co/kVF3zs8tT3 pic.twitter.com/K00e5I68Yr— Philip Simon Comedy (@PhilipsComedy) April 14, 2018
WOW WOW WOW WOW!!— SoundSkool (@SoundSkool) April 14, 2018
All of us including our partners @RAFMUSEUM are very very very very #Proud of all of our #YoungPeople for today’s #MusicShowcase at the #RAFMuseum ❤️#SoundSkool #RAFMuseum #SoundSkoolCommunity pic.twitter.com/to6VWZ3r4m
With all this talk of the USSR... here is West Hendon's related history...— Cllr Adam Langleben 🇪🇺 (@adamlangleben) April 15, 2018
Former East German Intelligence building on West Hendon Broadway. Abandoned. Beautiful art deco building. pic.twitter.com/EgPyfCsIGW
Barbara Ayrton Gould 5 Jul. 1945-1950 North Hendon constituency.— Women Members of Parliament (@WomenMPs) April 14, 2018
Barbara questioned why woman in Holloway Prison were locked in their cell alone from 4.30 p.m. until morning. She asked for the provision of an educational programme in all prisons and access to BBC broadcasts. pic.twitter.com/3BtUiD6Xw3
Hendon's John Swannell makes a save for the cameras, having been part of their Amateur Cup Final side in 1966. Swannell made his name for the Corinthian-Casuals and played one league game for Stockport County before returning to the amateur game. pic.twitter.com/aXOXtKfriT— GoaliesAreDifferent (@goalkeepersdiff) April 13, 2018
Informal celebration of Spike Milligan's birthday on 16th April 11am @stephenshouse "bring a bit of poetry or prose written by Spike or even one of the Goon's scripts" to read out @finchleysociety https://t.co/SW1G4BbrSd #spikemilligan #finchley pic.twitter.com/L0QQvc0rhc— hellofinchley (@hellofinchley) April 10, 2018
SPIRIT OF THE TORRINGTON GIG LIST @OldFinchleianCC 12 Southover #woodsidepark #London N12 https://t.co/95vWfv8o4R@gr8musicvenues @Ents24 @NorthLondon @GrundyPR #springsteenatributetotheboss #delbromham #tonsofsobs #woodsidepark #finchley #petefeenstra https://t.co/yMtHCGbnsk pic.twitter.com/lJUBnSjBKw— Pete Feenstra (@feenstrablues) April 14, 2018
Death of a football stadium - part 3. The very latest from Barnet's old ground at Underhill today where grandstand in the distance is now without a roof.@fcbusiness @NonLeagueCrowd @ScotsFootyCards @Groundtastic @footballtrav pic.twitter.com/sjw0TMZkGK— TonyIncenzoTalkSPORT (@TonyIncenzo) April 15, 2018
My brother @logueys getting good coverage in today's @InishowenIndo about his candidacy in Mill Hill on 3rd May next #LibDem 😊 pic.twitter.com/y0Nm6xmZkU— Cornelius Logue (@archivedelver) April 10, 2018
RT @SoundSkool: So day 3 of our #MusicPerformance course with our pals @RAFMUSEUM 💥 We’re down practising @MillHillMusicCo all day 🎸🎻🎼🎤🎹🎧🥁#RAFMuseum #MillHillMusicComplex #CommunityMusic #Colindale #MillHill #SoundSkool #SoundSkoolCommunity pic.twitter.com/4v20h14hcj— RAF Museum (@RAFMUSEUM) April 11, 2018
Saturday, 14 April 2018
|I've Angel pond at night!|
It is interesting reviewing the pictures I've taken over the years of Mill Hill. putting this together made me realise that there are a few walks that we've negllected recently, especially around Totteridge Valley. Now the weather is getting better, it is time to get those boots back on! I hope you've enjoy these as much as I have!
1. I snapped this whilst visiting the Daughters of Charity convent on the Ridgeway for a Mill Hill day of reflection. I rather like it
Indeed pic.twitter.com/6ixGZlRXqu— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) November 21, 2016
2. I snapped these on one of my Mill Hill dog walkies. We are lucky to live in such a great area
Mill Hill! In sunnier times pic.twitter.com/SYvU4FF8K0— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) June 23, 2016
3. And we have the best sky!
Is God trying to tell us something? The #Leave mob remind me of those in Nineveh accusing Jonah of project fear pic.twitter.com/DiWNzHlgxb— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) June 23, 2016
4. I always love to see the first signs of spring!
The first flowers of spring in Flower Lane pic.twitter.com/vPOD7w9eVU— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) March 25, 2016
5. I always enjoy a good rainbow. The house in the picture is the one where John Cleese filmed his specsavers ad
Fantastic rainbow tonight over Mill Hill pic.twitter.com/DnxplLbU6d— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) March 5, 2016
6. I do rather like my garden flowers, especially in the autumn
It's a grey morning but the front garden looks magnificent in its autumnal colours pic.twitter.com/LleuDp5NUx— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) October 27, 2015
7. You don't see a helicopter in Lyndhurst park very often, which as it was the air ambulance is a good thing
Air ambulance in Lyndhurst Park after person hit by train at Mill Hill Station pic.twitter.com/ZetX9CTpBR— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) February 2, 2015
8. I rather miss Tilly the long suffering boxer!
Dogs against One Barnet ! pic.twitter.com/qC0vy7UzyV— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) December 2, 2013
9. Whilst fly tipping is deplorable, this particular instance at least addressed the lack of public conveniences in Mill Hill
Congratulations to @BarnetCouncil @BarnetTories @Daniel_Thomas81 on installing new public toilet in Newcombe Park NW7 #ElectionImprovements! pic.twitter.com/zEzaRwlxRs— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) April 23, 2017
10. Snapped today in the Broadway. A face off between the Lib Dems and the Tories!
It’s a mammoth battle in Mill Hill between the Lib Dem’s and the Tories! Things are getting Ruff! pic.twitter.com/xgdZwCNLOO— Roger Tichborne/RogT #CTID (@Barneteye) April 14, 2018
Thats's all folks!
Friday, 13 April 2018
So lets have a look at some of them. I was inspired to write this, by Hugh Rayner, who tweeted to ask me to point out that he saved a football pitch in Colindale.
Roger please show again the excellent video of the football field in Burnt Oak which i saved from extinction.— Hugh Rayner (@50barnet) April 13, 2018
So here is what Hugh had to say on the video.
Although I get on rather well with most of these sensible Tories, I thought the most appropriate way to remember them was in the words of their friend and former colleague Brian Coleman, who memorably wrote a blog about all of his ex colleagues when he was kicked out of the party. Seems that re-reading these comments from 2013, they are in a permanent state of war!
Lets start with Hugh (Brians comments in italics).
Councillor Hugh Rayner (Hale Ward ) former RAF Squadron Leader elected in 2006 . Solid , dependable, reliable but somewhat naïve, he is considered a safe pair of hands . A good Deputy Mayor ( to me ) but would not put his name in to be Mayor in 2011 as he wanted it in Olympic year , when he did so in 2012 he was surprisingly beaten by newcomer Brian Schama supposedly because Rayner as Chairman of Hendon Association had upset many of the Hendon Constituency Councillors . Was very hurt by that experience . Had a difficult relationship with Matthew Offord MP but rumours that Rayner was busy ringing round North London Conservatives seeking advise on how to deselect his MP seem to have come to nothing . A bit of a fence sitter will become Mayor in due course unless Hale Ward reverts to its former marginal status.
Councillor Maureen Braun (Hendon Ward ) Elected in 1998 having previously served 4 years on Camden Council where famously she had a bag of soot thrown over her during a Poll Tax setting debate, now that was proper Politics ! . Loyal to Lynne Hillan and implacable supporter during the Salinger coup had a long term rivalry with Eva Greenspan over the Mayoralty and positions on planning . Has become the target of accusations from the "boys " that she rests her eyes at meetings.
Councillor Helena Hart (Edgware Ward) Huge admirer (some would say clone) of the beloved Margaret Thatcher she has become the acknowledged expert on Health . Loyal to Mike Freer he brought her into the Cabinet in 2006 as a reward for her support against Salinger in the coup and because the Group was short of competent women . Would have made a good MP but her heyday in the mid nineties was the time of the Conservative Party's lowest fortune. Hates rows and usually tries to keep a low profile ( less generous colleagues suggest she has a lot of splinters in her nether regions from sitting on too many fences ) Loyal to Lynne Hillan to the end she would make an excellent Mayor but has turned the job down several times
Thursday, 12 April 2018
So it looks like a serious fraud has been committed at Barnet Council. While they don't want to reveal the details we must understand how this can have been allowed to happen. Was an outsourced finance department and flawed BACS payment system to blame? We need answers ASAP. pic.twitter.com/iP6voWLLmr— Mr Reasonable (@ReasonableNB) April 12, 2018
John Dix also notes that after five years of the One Barnet outsourcing BACS processing is also experiencing serious problems. It looks like next week's audit committee meeting might be quite "interesting"
Problems with the BACS payment system highlights no clear segregation of duties. This should not be happening nearly five years into the Capita contract and why wasn't it identified earlier? Expect some awkward questions at Barnet Audit Committee. pic.twitter.com/qMoLfOXr1N— Mr Reasonable (@ReasonableNB) April 12, 2018
Watch this space.