Monday, 14 February 2011
Lollipop staff and management waste
If ever there was an example of what is wrong at Barnet Council it could not have been set out more clearly than in response to a question to tonight's cabinet. The question asks how much of the £157,000 saving generated by the cutting the crossing patrol staff represented their salaries and how much was for central overheads. Well the shocking answer is that the crossing staff salaries account for just over one quarter of the total cost. Just £41,503 of the cost of crossing patrols is for staff. The other £115,497 is for management, HR and IT. To me the answer is obvious keep the crossing patrols and get rid of the colossal management overhead at North London Business Park. I also wonder how much of this inefficiency is replicated elsewhere.I would also like to bet that much of that £115,497 saving is never actually achieved.