Monday, 17 December 2012

If we take Northumberland County Council as an example of how that can be achieved. The Lib Dem administration and its Tory bedfellows are about to package up and put out a £400M 10 year facilities management and maintenance contract. Taking the work from a myriad of local contractors and their own Direct Labour Organisation who have served the Community well for many years.

£400M Giveaway Should Be Stopped


 

In these days of austerity caused by bankers and continued by their prime coalition supporters, Councils like Northumberland County Council are facing huge budget cuts, job losses and mass service destruction.


 

Councils of the future will be much smaller, leaner and some unable to provide the services people expect and want from their payments of Council Tax, but with better thinking much of what the people need can be delivered.


 

If we take Northumberland County Council as an example of how that can be achieved. The Lib Dem administration and its Tory bedfellows are about to package up and put out a £400M 10 year facilities management and maintenance contract. Taking the work from a myriad of local contractors and their own Direct Labour Organisation who have served the Community well for many years.


 

As any builder will tell you F&M Contracts are some of the best profit makers and the trade will go wild to get one of this size. Yet by retaining this work in-house the Council can recycle the profits from this work, take the pressure off other budgets and deliver Clean and Green, Streetlighting, Streetcare and Highways repairs without having to wait for the next Government handout if and when that ever comes.


 

Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said: " Through the major cutbacks of the last few years and with much more to come, I challenge the administration to come up with a better way of supporting service delivery of all their building and streetcare services. This £400M F&M contract can be delivered in-house, does not need to be packaged up and put out to tender. The Council can upskill and recruit in this field easily at this time as other Councils are laying off expert staff due to their own cutbacks. The Libs and Tories have let down Northumberland for the last four and a half years, they now need to show some support for their own workforce and the general public and retain profitable work like this in order to plough the benefits back into services."

 

Grant Davey

Leader, Northumberland Labour Group


 

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