Here are the Cabinet papers from the meeting that approved the as yet unexplained increase in grounds maintenance costs. Most of the important stuff from the point of view of the Scrubs happens on page 13/14.
Para 2.3, page 14, talks of “the maintenance of Wormwood Scrubs, separately managed through a
Charitable Trust.” I am not sure there is much evidence of “separate management” in this tender. In 5.2, legal services reminded the officers of their duty in relation to the Trust -
“In terms of the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust, the Council is under a duty to
act in the best interests of the Trust and in pursuance of its charitable purpose which
is the exercise and recreation of the inhabitants of the metropolis. Cabinet exercises
the Council’s powers as trustee. As explained in the body of the report, officers are of
the view that the award of the grounds maintenance contract to Quadron is in the
best interests of both the Council and the Trust.”
However, I see there is little evidence of any consideration being given to the different constituency of the Trust’s beneficiary’s and the Council’s voters. Indeed, the officers seem to have explicitly said that the reasons the contract was good for the Council were identical to the reasons they were good for the Trust. This seems odd, given the difference in whose interests are supposedly being represented.
Finally, the Council rather hastily comes to this conclusion:
The financial assessment of the contract award is dealt with in the corresponding exempt report on this agenda.
6.2 The award of the contract is affordable within the current grounds maintenance budgets for the Council’s General Fund and Wormwood Scrubs. It will contribute £141,522 towards the achievement of the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy target cialis online ordering of £200,000 for savings in grounds maintenance costs. Other contributions are expected to this savings target, eg by refining the client side arrangements for the new contract and through the use of alternative funding sources such as capital and Section 106 payments. Further proposals to deliver these savings will be reported to Members as part of the Council Tax Setting report in February 2008.
Well, given that they had just pocketed a surplus of about £400k, I am not sure it is such buy cialis online an achievement to crow about to have apparently saved £200k – where did the rest go?