Thursday, 29 January 2015

Brent Council to out-source leaks service

I understand that the Cabinet will be discussing a proposal to out-source the Council's Leak Service at its next meeting.

Brent Council leader Muhammed Butt consulted widely with his cabinet colleagues who all felt that the service was far too efficient.

Cllr Butt said:
Going forward we must learn from the inefficiency gains we have made when out-sourcing other services such as street cleaning and parks maintenance.  The problem with the current in-house service is that it is far too effective and producing more leaks that Affinity.  We owe it to the residents of Brent, especially those who don't know what is going on, to protect them and  make things as opaque as possible.
A public consultation event will be held on February 29th in the Dalliance Suite at the Civic Centre.

27 comments:

  1. Don't give up your day job Martin!

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  2. This recent meme of yours is so weird.

    There has never been a diktat from Cllr Butt telling councillors not to read Wembley Matters.

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    1. Is this another leak?
      Get them in now, boys and girls, before Atos takes over.

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    2. And the words 'the enemy' were never used. And Civic Centre staff are perfectly safe taking their worries about bullying, racial discrimination and harassment straight to Ms Davani (or her stand-in) where they will be treated honestly, fairly and transparently. And Gary Glitter couldn't have done what they said because he always went straight home after gigs in order to brush his wig.

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    3. The problem is Anon, that I don't know you from Adam (or Eve) but I know the identity and the record and the position of the person who was there when the advice (I wouldn't say 'diktat') was offered by Cllr Butt and who later gave me the information in person.

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    4. Martin, I can tell you that a current Labour councillor told me that they'd been ordered not to read Wembley Matters. As indeed, have staff.

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    5. What evidence, particularly verifiable evidence in the form of documents or messages on Brent Council's intranet, is there that staff have been ordered not to read Wembley Matters?
      If it exists, then it is important that it is put into the public domain.

      Philip Grant

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    6. Tumbleweed.

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  3. Would it really be so strange if Mo Butt had suggested his fellow councillors should not read enemy propaganda?

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    1. First 'political porn' and now Lord Haw Haw!

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    2. Maybe it wouldn't be so strange, but it would certainly show a massive disrespect for his colleagues' intelligence, discrimination and independence of thought.
      Apart from the other obvious point that it's none of his bloody business what they read!.

      (Maybe this is what happens when you let people call themselves The Leader).

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    3. Not really. I guess people who aren't part of a successful party don't understand the need for party discipline.

      It's not true anyway.

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    4. That would make me want to read it MORE!

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    5. Anon 09.34. There seem to be a number of witnesses who know it is true. Unless you have spent every minute of the last 2 months in the company of The Leader and can therefore vouch for the fact that He never uttered the words nor anything which meant the same, you're going to have your work cut out convincing anyone. Even more so given the fact that you appear to think it 'wouldn't be strange' if indeed He had said them.
      On the subject of 'party discipline', I'll pass over the countless 20th century examples of where sheep-like following of a Leader got us and just remind you that 'party discipline' in the face of Blair's adventurism is precisely what got the Labour party up the particular shit creek where it now languishes.
      Mike Hine

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  4. You know, I don't recall any of us ever referring to Paul Lorber as "The Leader" - but it's a turn of phrase that many Labour councillors seem to use often, especially the newer ones. It did make me laugh when one of the new Dollis Hill councillors, referring to a piece of casework, spouted something so utterly incorrect that it made those of us who heard it audibly gawp. When challenged, said person said they'd been told it by The Leader, so it had to be true. The implication was also that all their casework and queries were handled by The Leader's office, which was interesting, to say the least.

    If Paul had intimated in any way that he wished to be referred to as The Leader, I think he'd have got some distinctly raspberry loaded verbal responses.

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    1. HA! Sour grapes much?!

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    2. A councillor was told something by the leader of the council therefore all casework is passed to the leader's office. Logic isn't really your strong point, is it Alison?

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    3. Don't be silly. Alison Hopkins, Councillor for 2 whole years, never having held a lead member's portfolio and being thrown out of her post at the first available opportunity, knows far more than the leader of the council does.

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    4. Alison attracting the usual couple of bitter and twisted respondents I see .........

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    5. Bitter and twisted or entirely factually correct?

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    6. 17:48 - it's actually just the one, and I know who it is. ;)

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    7. I only posted one of these comments so there are at least 2 of us, if not more ;)

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    8. Who is it, then?

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  5. I am the Leader.

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    1. Be careful. Gary Glitter was The Leader once ..........

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  6. Yes, but who is Number One?

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    1. Not you, Alison. Not you.

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