Guest post from Morris Hickey
Over on the Red-i Forum Dopeyf reveals [posted 18 November 2008 01:08:53] the result of his Freedom of Information Request – the "You Choose" Redbridge Conversation was 40% over budget.
In the next post down Councillor Bond thinks it was money well spent, but then concedes that "we have not yet seen the Cabinet’s proposed budget". Not that budgets or financial management actually mean anything round here. Cllr Bond then points to a whole load of time and effort from council officers, [that’s unquantified money, or time that could have been spent on something more productive] wasted on trying to progress proposals that were not going anywhere, plus £1.3million paid to consultants on the swimming pool project when they had no idea of where the money to actually build it was coming from.
Elsewhere, through another FoI request that I made [but not as yet published] I learned that the council spent an identifiable £54,750 on the Olympic handover event and the opening of the Redbridge Cycle Centre to which must also be added the cost of officer time.
This is the same council that has cut £1.7million from its budget for the care of vulnerable elderly people and recently attempted to increase their own allowances. They call them "special responsibility allowances". Gross irresponsibility would be closer to the truth.
..........Can I have a cutting?