Barnet Council are seemingly addicted to creating highly paid posts for senior managers. They are also rather addicted to not even bothering to read documents before they post them on the internet. Here is a list of all the people who reviewed the document entitled "Minor temporary changes to the Libraries Management structure "
1. Governance Service receive draft report
Name of GO Paul Frost Date 29/5/2012
2. Governance Service cleared draft report as being constitutionally appropriate
Name of GO Paul Frost
3. Finance clearance obtained (report author to
Name of Fin. officer Debbie Edwards
4. Staff and other resources issues clearance obtained (report author to complete)
Name of Res. officer Veronica McCarroll
5. Strategic Procurement clearance obtained (report author to complete)
Name of Strategic Procurement officer Lesley Meeks Date 30/03/2012
6. Legal clearance obtained from (report author to complete)
Name of Legal officer Philippa Larbi Date 08/05/2012
7. Policy & Partnerships clearance obtained (report author to complete)
Name of P&P officer Andrew Nathan Date 30/03/2012
8. Equalities & Diversity clearance obtained
(report author to complete) Name of officer Julie Pal/Andrew Nathan Date 30/03/2012
9. The above process has been checked and verified by Director, Head of Service or Deputy
(report author to complete) Name Bill Murphy Date 29/03/2012
10. Signed & dated report, scanned or hard copy received by Governance Service for publishing
Name of GO Paul Frost Date 30/5/12
11. Report published by Governance Service to website
Name of GO Paul Frost Date 30/5/12
12. Head of Service informed report is published
and can be implemented. Name of GO Paul Frost Date 30/5/12
Now that is a quite impressive reviewers list. Now presumably there is a purpose in each of these people putting their name on this document (and getting paid to put their name on it). One would expect that this would signify that they have actually read the document and were happy to have their name put on it. After all it is being put in the public domain on the internet. One would presume that this signifies a degree of quality control.
Scroll through the document to section - 8. BACKGROUND INFORMATION - read this carefully.
Now have a look at Section 9. LIST OF BACKGROUND PAPERS
You will see that it says "None" then repeats paragraphs 2 & 3 of section 8.1. It then repeats section 9.
Those of you who are eagle eyed will however notice that before the repeated paragraphs, there is an extra half sentence. We can only guess as to what went wrong, the first half of the document up to this section is electonically formatted, whilst this part is scanned. Even more interesting is that the cock up partially gives the game away about another brand new, highly paid executive job. As we don't see the first half of the sentence, we have to guess, but the second half says "the end of October 2011, and the evaluation placed the role within band 5, scale points 235 (£69,591) to 238 (£73,336), under the Barnet Hays system."
In short, this rogue half sentence tells us that this new post will be paying £69,591 to £73,336 per annum.
What is odd about this is that it contradicts the previous statement in section 5.1 - "Total costs attributable to the proposed changes are evaluated at £33,312.75 for the period April –December 2012". In other words, section 5.1 indicates that the costs are lower than the actual salaried grade. Also rather interesting is the idea that they can get by with one person doing two jobs until December, but then they need 2 people to do it. Will the workload suddenly double?
All of these things can only be speculated on. So we have a document reviewed by eight different people, with some major errors in. It also contains detail that us poor taxpayers clearly weren't meant to see, and also details the fact that two peoples jobs may be adequately covered by one person. It also says in section 3.2 "Some minor adjustments will be required throughout the service to ‘back-fill’ positions vacated through the proposed management re-organisation. These are outlined in section 5. Low level risk exists where these posts cannot be filled." - oddly no talk of back filling posts is mentioned in section 5. The risk management section also fails to detail what these clealry identified risks are. Why? Surely that is the point of a risk management section.
In short a whole team of people have produced a document of appalling quality which does none of the things it says it should and has clearly not been reviewed properly by the people who are paid to review it.
If ever you wondered where our council tax goes, look no further.
Where does the buck for this stop? In my opinion, with Nick Walkley, the CEO who is supposed to ensure people do their job properly. It is clear that he is "too busy" to actually make sure his staff keep the show on the road. I wonder if it occurred to Council Leader Richard Cornelius that if he got rid of some of this bureacracy, he might be able to actually keep Friern Library open? I wonder if he is concerned about what his council actually does at all?
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We the Undersigned, are totally opposed to the closure, sell off or downgrading of the Library service in the London Borough of Barnet.
We believe that Libraries are a vital part of the Borough and recognise the importance of having trained Libraries run by trained librarians. We believe that it is vital to have "quiet space" for students to study.
We believe that closure of the service would cause untold damage to the citizens of Barnet and is totally opposed by the vast majority of the population.
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I've run a music recording & rehearsal studio in Mill Hill, North West London since 1979. I play in a band called The False Dots, over the years we've played all over Europe, but now we mostly just play local shows as we're all too old and lazy. We play up tempo punky tinged rock, tinged with a very dark humour. We've bene joined on stage by various friends over the years such as Boz Boorer (Morrissey's Musical director) and Huw Lloyd Langton of Hawkwind.
I've organised many charity gigs with artists such as Kate Nash, Chris Spedding & Lee Thompson from Madness.
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I believe that it is a scandal that this service calls itself independent, but there is no right of appeal and it's run by one of the train operators. I believe that the penalty ticket scheme is a scam to generate extra profits for these companies.
A little tool to help you defeat the invisible men
I've added an IP address lookup tool. If you get an email or you have a stats counter on your blog, you can see who it is and where they came from using this. If you've got an email from someone, view the email. Click on File, then click on properties, then click on details. Now click on message source
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