Council chiefs to invite bids to run some of its services

Council leader Sean Anstee

Council leader Sean Anstee

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COUNCIL chiefs are inviting firms to bid to run some of its services.

The authority has targeted highways, asset management and environmental services - which includes street cleaning.

Council leader Sean Anstee said the body needs to save £50m over the next three years and said the authority spends 15 per cent of its budget on these services.

Cllr Anstee said: “What we’re going to ask the market to do is comment on whether they feel they can deliver those savings that are needed by the authority and also maintain the level of service that we have in each of those service areas at the moment and also make sure we can sustain jobs for our employees and maintain services for our residents.”

He assured the borough’s residents that if the council accepts these bids the services affected will still be ‘Trafford services’ and the authority will remain accountable to residents for the way they are run.

Cllr Anstee added: “Some of these services are non-statutory and considering the financial challenge the authority faces over the next three years - £50m - we could get to a point where all we do is provide statutory services. I don’t want that to happen.”

But Councillor David Acton said the proposal has left Trafford’s Labour group feeling ‘deeply concerned.

’ Cllr Acton said: “It is clear that the Conservatives have an ideological desire to privatise as much as they can. They have already sold off all the council elderly persons homes and put the care of our elderly people into the private sector.

“This latest privatisation will affect over 300 Trafford Staff, which puts their jobs and terms of conditions and pay at risk. Recently we have seen time and time again when the private sector has taken over services they fail, for example Gs4, SERCO.”

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2:55pm Fri 14 Mar 14

mms98 says...

If you have a shortfall of £50 million over the next 3 years , then why not do the right thing and raise the council tax a little?

If you havnt got the money you cant spend it.

You are already badly staffed as it is and many council workers are doing the jobs of 3 already.

It will hurt all of us a little to pay more but if thats whats needed so be it. How can outside company do a cheaper job than you guys already are?

Grow a pair and tell the residentds including me that you are skint , who's fault it is doesnt matter, get real, charge more and invest in your current overworked workforce!!

And I do not work for the council!!
If you have a shortfall of £50 million over the next 3 years , then why not do the right thing and raise the council tax a little? If you havnt got the money you cant spend it. You are already badly staffed as it is and many council workers are doing the jobs of 3 already. It will hurt all of us a little to pay more but if thats whats needed so be it. How can outside company do a cheaper job than you guys already are? Grow a pair and tell the residentds including me that you are skint , who's fault it is doesnt matter, get real, charge more and invest in your current overworked workforce!! And I do not work for the council!! mms98
  • Score: 6

11:06am Sat 15 Mar 14

watching says...

Will the audit section be checking to see we receive the best deal and value for money,also on how much in redundancy payments to staff is going to cost the council tax payers.
Will the audit section be checking to see we receive the best deal and value for money,also on how much in redundancy payments to staff is going to cost the council tax payers. watching
  • Score: 3

12:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Fuzzball says...

I thought that the refuse collection was already outsourced?
I thought that the refuse collection was already outsourced? Fuzzball
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12:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Fuzzball says...

Regarding overworked Council workers, I am sure there are in some positions and in others not so. The issue is that these organisations have grown and the quality of service is also growing and our expectations.

As for paying them more money, I would be happy to pay the inflation rate.
Regarding overworked Council workers, I am sure there are in some positions and in others not so. The issue is that these organisations have grown and the quality of service is also growing and our expectations. As for paying them more money, I would be happy to pay the inflation rate. Fuzzball
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11:33am Tue 18 Mar 14

Geordie63 says...

watching wrote:
Will the audit section be checking to see we receive the best deal and value for money,also on how much in redundancy payments to staff is going to cost the council tax payers.
You'll probabaly find most of the internal auditors have been made redundant
[quote][p][bold]watching[/bold] wrote: Will the audit section be checking to see we receive the best deal and value for money,also on how much in redundancy payments to staff is going to cost the council tax payers.[/p][/quote]You'll probabaly find most of the internal auditors have been made redundant Geordie63
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1:30am Wed 19 Mar 14

cromford says...

Council staff are too expensive to employ.

They get quite good pay, short working weeks, better than average holiday entitlement, their management tolerates high levels of sick pay, 'long term' sick is common compared to the private sector, early retirement is too, and above all they receive staggeringly generous pensions.

Unless these issues can be addressed, and council staff pay and benefits are brought into line with private industry, we should get as many council staff off the public payroll as possible by privatising and outsourcing their jobs.
Council staff are too expensive to employ. They get quite good pay, short working weeks, better than average holiday entitlement, their management tolerates high levels of sick pay, 'long term' sick is common compared to the private sector, early retirement is too, and above all they receive staggeringly generous pensions. Unless these issues can be addressed, and council staff pay and benefits are brought into line with private industry, we should get as many council staff off the public payroll as possible by privatising and outsourcing their jobs. cromford
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4:58pm Thu 20 Mar 14

watching says...

Having only a small internal audit section to look after the council tax payers money when these tenders are out lets hope the District auditors department pays a visit in the near future.
Having only a small internal audit section to look after the council tax payers money when these tenders are out lets hope the District auditors department pays a visit in the near future. watching
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10:01pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Fuzzball says...

The tender responses you need to watch out for are the ones that are weighted to the lowest price. I see this as a waste of the money that they have at their disposal. They prefer to throw a large amount of cash at a service when then they know they will get a poor standard, that is why it is the cheapest. I do struggle with the mentality that cheapest is best.
The tender responses you need to watch out for are the ones that are weighted to the lowest price. I see this as a waste of the money that they have at their disposal. They prefer to throw a large amount of cash at a service when then they know they will get a poor standard, that is why it is the cheapest. I do struggle with the mentality that cheapest is best. Fuzzball
  • Score: 2

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