Here are documents outlining alternatives to Barnet Council’s “One Barnet” privatisation programme, and professional critique of the programme. These are suggestions for how we can improve services and even save money through engaging staff, residents and service users. The reports flag the risks of “One Barnet”.
Service Improvement Plans by Prof. Dexter Whitfield, European Services Strategy Unit
In-House service improvement plans by Andy Mudd, the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE Solutions)
The case for a Public Sector Comparator in a Procurement Process by Andy Mudd, the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE Solutions)
Barnet Good Practice Transformation Toolkit by Prof. Dexter Whitfield, European Services Strategy Unit
Procurement contract management by Andy Mudd, the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE Solutions)
costs and consequences of commissioning council by Prof. Dexter Whitfield, European Services Strategy Unit
100 days before the signing of the first “One Barnet” contract (£750 million): 100 reasons why “One Barnet” is high risk and bad for residents and services
Lately it transpired that Barnet council is considering a Joint Venture with the private company that will win the contract for Development & Regulatory Services (DRS), the smaller of the two contracts(“only” £250 million) , which were to be privatised in January. They say this will be better than a straight privatising (although this option had so far been always rejected as the worse of the privatisation models), claiming it will be transparent and retain a measure of control over services with the council. But many are warning that there will be no transparency at all as the new company to be formed jointly between the council and the successful bidder, will be a limited company that is exempt from Freedom of Information Act. Moreover, in this new company the council will have only limited shares, as its own executives claim, so in effect a Joint Venture means profits for the private company - and risks and losses for the council, i.e. for us, Barnet residents. see Mr Reasonable and The Barnet Eye.
Now we have a live example of our worst fears, to drive the true meaning of a Joint Venture home; we hope the Council Leader and Cabinet members will read this and draw the lessons before it is too late:
Somerset Council braces for lawsuit from Southwest One shared service venture