Conservatives reveal Council waste

Greenwich Conservatives have revealed that the Labour Council is wasting thousands of pounds each year on a expensive IT contract.

According to figures from an industry expert, Greenwich Council is paying around £200,000 annually more for its social care IT support and maintenance contract compared to other London Councils.  Greenwich currently pays £332,000pa for IT support, but Lambeth only £116,000, Ealing £112,000 and Waltham Forest £100,000.  The contact is up for renewal in October and to get the best value a Council would need to start looking at least a year in advance.  With only 7 months left, Greenwich has yet to put the contract out to tender.

Having raised this waste at the budget Council meeting in February Cllr Spencer Drury asked what had been done in response to his enquiries at the March meeting, pointing out that no officer or Labour Cabinet member had been in touch with him to get the details.  The response from the Labour Cabinet was deeply unsatisfactory, implying that nothing had been done about the re-tendering of the contract since Spencer raised it in February.

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Cllr Spencer Drury said “This waste of taxpayers money is yet another reflection of this Council’s incompetence.  If the Council negotiated contracts properly it probably wouldn’t have to introduce parking charges or privatise libraries.”

After the March Council Meeting, the Director of Finance has contacted Spencer to ask for details of the savings the Council might make.