Commissioning Council and its mate the ‘Thin Client’ or ‘Invisible Client’

What is a ‘thin client? This is a good question and something the Council is spending £££thousands of tax payers money on for the One Barnet Programme. Back in 2008 the Audit Commission said  that contract failure with the private sector was often because local authorities underestimated the size of the client.  In the case of One Barnet they are reducing the client size to what I would describe as the One Barnet ‘invisible client’.

The One Barnet invisible client basically operates like this. The council hands the contract and money to the private sector and says

“we want you to monitor your performance and we want you to notify us when you fail to perform so then we can fine you!”

Does anyone see a flaw in this plan?