100 PLUS reasons why One Barnet is high risk and bad for residents and services


The One Barnet Programme is just one in a series of mad cap ideas which seeks to hand over public services to the private sector. The One Barnet Programme has been through a number of iterations over the last four years firstly as Future Shape, then EasyCouncil and now One Barnet although that is changing to the Commissioning Council later this year.

Whatever the name another team of expensive consultants come up with it is sadly just the same tired old ideology Private Good, Public Bad’.

However critics of this approach are coming from unlikely circles, earlier this month Sir Merrick Richard Cockell Conservative Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Chairman of the Local Government Association has come out against this anti public services mantra.

Merrick Cockell called into question the belief that local authorities should be looking to “outsource everything”.

There were some services better performed by the private sector, but the quality of other services run by councils with the “tightest budgets” had been “underestimated”.

In-house services could enable the public sector to adapt to changing environments, he said.

“If you’ve got IT in-house, actually you can be very responsive to change. If you’ve got IT outsourced … every time you want to change it, you have to renegotiate… and that takes time,” he told the newspaper.

Over the last four years our union has submitted over 30 detailed reports to the Council in an attempt to discuss an alternative less risk approach to delivering services to the residents of Barnet.

But time is running out in just over a 100 days’ time (6 December) a handful of Conservative councillors will sit in a committee room in Hendon Town Hall and agree a contract worth up to £750 million to either Capita or BT.

UNISON is still seeking a meeting with the Leader and members of his Cabinet to discuss an alternative to the high risk £billion pound One Barnet gamble.

Until we have this meeting today marks the begining of a hundred (there may be  more) reasons why One Barnet Programme needs to be abandoned and an alternative plan be approved.

1. One Barnet Collection Part One http://youtu.be/JUdJY6SE1as

2. Mouchel calls in administrators http://ning.it/NAtLPj

3. Administration looms as Mouchel restructure fails http://ning.it/NUiqPQ

4. Joint Venture warning for One Barnet http://ning.it/NUiDCr

5. A Barnet resident explains “Why I am so angry about One Barnet Billion Pound Gamble!” http://ning.it/Nl0Xzz

6. After G4S is One Barnet Privatisation a realistic option…No http://ning.it/MWVw4d

7. One Barnet Collection Part Two http://youtu.be/dEJmqzwGil0

8. One Barnet Ten Year Plan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hpc4SvrQ-o

9. One Barnet Monte Carlo roulette gamble http://ning.it/Pd8vCt

10. Learn about One Barnet http://ning.it/NUiJKo

11. Word on the street One Barnet is taking local jobs http://ning.it/NUiPBE

12. One Barnet – Doubts at the top http://barneteye.blogspot.co.uk/2012_07_01_archive.html

13. Mrs Angry ..External Audit ..what is  it good for? …absolutely……http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-art-of-audit-in-broken-barnet-or.html

14. Mrs Angry objects: a response from Mr Hughes, of Grant Thornton


15. One Barnet Joint Venture: a joint statement by the Barnet bloggers,


16. Branch Secretary raises spectre of Southwest One disaster with all 63 councillors http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/?q=node/911

17. Cost Costs and consequences of a One Barnet Commissioning Council http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Barnet%20Commissioning%20Council%20FINAL.pdf

18. Poor procurement and contract management


19. Barnet Council block UNISON questions for EC Harris and Capita Symonds http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/?q=node/903

20. Commissioning Council and its good friend the ‘Thin Client’ otherwise known as the ‘Invisible client’ http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/?q=node/898

21. G4S is not an isolated incident http://ning.it/OV8pPC #failedprivatisation

22. Bournemouth Council chiefs set to bring back 22 staff from outsourcing partner Mouchel http://ning.it/MhCJRY #failedprivatisation

23. Bournemouth Councillors were warned by senior council officer http://ning.it/OV8Jhi #failedprivatisation

24. Somerset council takes back services & 160 staff back in house from Southwest OneCouncil http://ning.it/OV8MtB #failedprivatisation

25. Four out of five government departments are trapped in outsourcing deals http://ning.it/OV8Ucq #failedprivatisation

26. BT overcharging Liverpool council by £10m a year, report claims http://ning.it/MhCRAW #failedprivatisation

27. Suffolk council accused of ignoring £100m ‘overspend’ on BT deal http://ning.it/MhCSoB #failedprivatisation

28. UNISON warn Barnet Councillors of high risk #One Barnet Call Centre privatisation plan http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/CSO-NSO%20Update%20Assess.pdf

29. One Barnet the wrong approach to transformation


30. One Barnet – Failure to assess options


31. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 1 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-1.pdf

32. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 2 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-2.pdf

33. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 3 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-3.pdf

34. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 4 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-4.pdf

35. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 5 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-5.pdf

36. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 6 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-6.pdf

37. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 7 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no-7.pdf

38. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 8 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-briefing-no.pdf

39. UNISON Future Shape briefing Number 9 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-brief-no-9-leisure-contract.pdf

40. One Barnet Critique 2010 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/one-barnet-critique-2.pdf

41. Future Shape Questions http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-london-borough-of/barnet-brief-no-9-leisure-contract.pdf

42. Good Practice Transformational Toolkit http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/one-barnet-critique-2.pdf

43. Future of Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium Implications for Future Shape http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/barnet-cem-crem-tu-report-2.pdf

44. Economic case for in house bids http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2010/the-economic-case-for-in-house-options-and-bid/economic-case-in-house-2.pdf

45. Critique of DRS options appraisal http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2010/easy-council-no-frills-planning-privatisation/barnet-dph-critique.pdf

46. Critique of NSCSO options appraisal http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/barnet-cso-nso-critique.pdf

47. Analysis of DRS Business case http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2011/analysis-of-development-and-regulatory-service/drs-business-case-analysis.pdf

48. Analysis of NSCSO Business case http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/analysis-of-business-case-for-600m-750m-new-support-customer-services-project-london-borough-of-barnet.pdf

49. UNISON draft protocol on Competitive Dialogue http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/barnet-competitive-dialogue-protocol.pdf

50. UNISON Draft Procurement Protocol 2009 http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/publications/public-bodies/transformation-and-public-service-reform/barnet-corporate-procurement-strategy.pdf

51. Future Shape of the Council The Flaws in Barnet’s Commissioning and Procurement Policy http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/news/2008/future-shape-of-the-council-the-flaws-in-barne/barnet-procure-report-2.pdf

52. Sefton Council to end £65m technical services contract with Capita Symonds http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2011/11/25/sefton-council-to-end-65m-technical-services-contract-with-capita-symonds-92534-29838970/

53. Cumbria County Council: We’ll sort our own ICT support, thanks http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/07/18/cumbria_services

54. Cumbria council brings Amey staff back in-house http://www.nce.co.uk/news/business/cumbria-council-brings-amey-staff-back-in-house/8619218.article

55. The value of returning local authority services in-house in an era of budget constraints http://www.unison.org.uk/acrobat/20122.pdf

56. A day last year when President Obama expressed a wish to meet the Famous Five Bloggers http://youtu.be/XKBPUBSFGZI

57. All about the money http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=jEqOugdr04c&NR=1

58. President Obama addressing Barnet UNISON members about One Barnet last year http://goanimate.com/videos/0YEbYu06cXU0?utm_source=linkshare&uid=0HgcHzZR9Qi4

59. President Obama on lessons on outsourcing http://goanimate.com/videos/0XaHkmEoRfzI/1

60. Where residents can go to find out more about One Barnet http://goanimate.com/videos/04ORBzYXZ9hU/1

61. Insourcing: A guide to bringing local authority services back in-house http://www.apse.org.uk/page-flips/2011/insourcing/files/in-sourcing.pdf

62. Government urged to ditch Capita after ILA failure http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=170259&sectioncode=26

63.  National Express slumps into red after rail fiasco http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/7318295/National-Express-slumps-into-red-after-rail-fiasco.html#

64. Mrs Angry Leaving One Barnet  http://wwwbrokenbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/leaving-one-barnet.html

65.  Rochdale Council to bring property and highway services back in house http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/64597/council-to-bring-property-and-highway-services-back-in-house

66. Somerset Council to bring Southwest One services back in house http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240142323/Somerset-Council-to-bring-Southwest-One-services-back-in-house

67. One Barnet Outsourcing ….it’s never too late to say no! http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/?q=node/907

68. http://www.european-services-strategy.org.uk/outsourcing-ppp-library/contract-and-privatisation-failures/105-public-sector-ict-contract-failures/105-ict-contracts.pdf

69.  One Barnet Outsourcing – Do residents really understand what it is all about http://reasonablenewbarnet.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/one-barnet-outsourcing-do-residents.html

70. Care homes are checked after deadly bacteria found in water  http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=7209

71. Privatisation of Social Care – What would you do? http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/?q=node/580

72. Barnet Council – Metpro Scandal – Open letter to Leader and CEO  http://barneteye.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/barnet-council-metpro-scandal-open.html

73. Edinburgh halts privatisation plan http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=7538

74. Aberdeen wins battle against privatisation http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=7708

75. IBM in dispute with Joint Venture South West One partners http://ning.it/NIv8LJ Barnet Council choose Joint Venture for One Barnet http://ning.it/O2XOF3

76. Joint Venture failing big time http://ning.it/O2XG8F Barnet Council choose Joint Venture for One Barnet http://ning.it/O2XOF3

77. Somerset Council braces for lawsuit from Southwest One shared service venture http://ning.it/O2Yeew Barnet Council choose Joint Venture for One Barnet http://ning.it/O2XOF3

78. Mouchel bankruptcy shouldn’t be ‘business as usual’ for public bodies http://ning.it/O309Qp

79. Bournemouth asked to ‘insource’ following Mouchel restructure http://ning.it/O350RE

80. Lawyer urges worried buyers to check Mouchel contracts http://ning.it/O35FlV

81. Mr Mustard Is the One Barnet Parking Contract robust?  http://ning.it/NKbgYM

82. Mr Reasonable Barnet Supplier Payments – is spending out of control? http://ning.it/NKbNK8

 83. Milton Keynes severing ties with Mouchel http://ning.it/O53gHB #fail privatisation

84. Planning to Outsource Planning by Julia Hines http://ning.it/O59ZBd

85. Greensquare Field – Planning to Outsource Planning part 2 by Julia Hines http://ning.it/O5ao6K

86. More evidence of private sector failure on IT contracts in Scotland http://ning.it/O5bzDl

87. Mrs Angry One Barnet: A Warning from History http://ning.it/O5bWxr

88. Mrs Angry Pulling out at the last minute: Strategic partnerships, and how to avoid unwanted consequences http://ning.it/O5c5kJ

89. Mrs Angry’s School for Scandal: A lesson in outsourcing – Part Two http://ning.it/O5c4gF

90. Mrs Angry Would like to meet? Love and outsourcing in the One Barnet House of Fun http://ning.it/NKjhgd

91. BT to sue council over “unlawful” contract termination http://ning.it/O5forT

92. BT will agree to drop a threat to sue the Liverpool council for £56m. http://ning.it/NKn2SN another Joint Venture which failed to deliver

 93. Barnet UNISON – Briefing Number 1 Edinburgh an example of an alternative http://ning.it/NMdRS3 sent to all 63 Barnet councillors

94.Somerset Joint Venture the beginning of the end? http://ning.it/O8mT1p

95. Mr Reasonable ‘Arrogance, Overspend, Complacency and the Audit Trail that Leads Nowhere http://ning.it/O8n7FQ

96. Mrs Angry ‘Mr Reasonable and Mr Hughes, and yes, everything in the garden is lovely. Still’ http://ning.it/O8naRX

97. Barnet residents write open letter to all 63 One Barnet councillors http://ning.it/NMeevO

 98. Joint Venture Southwest One sues Somerset Council http://ning.it/NXuutW

99. Liddell-Grainger, MP ‘it was a fairyland offer that has cost the council taxpayers of my county millions of pounds’ http://ning.it/NXuZ7p

100. BREAKING NEWS One Barnet Mastermind Special Edition local resident scores top marks http://youtu.be/8Wb3QloW7No

101. Union joins chorus asking for Cornwall Council privatisation plans to be paused “The proposals, which was rejected by a majority of councillors at the authority yesterday afternoon, would see up to 1,000 staff transferred to a new private company.” http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/cornwall_news/9911304.Union_joins_chorus_asking_for_Cornwall_Council_privatisation_plans_to_be_paused/

102. Cabinet ignores vote by council


103. Confirmed – Southwest One to sue Somerset, but Surrey Police halt their outsource http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Cabinet-ignores-vote-council/story-16836691-detail/story.html

104. Briefing Number 1 Briefing Number 1 Edinburgh an example of an alternative http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Edinburgh.pdf

105. Briefing Number 2 Cornwall Outsourcing http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Cornwall.pdf

106. Briefing Number 3 Lessons from Southwest One Joint Venture http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Somerset.pdf

107. Briefing Number 4 Street Lighting PFI http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/street%20lighting%20No%204.pdf

108. Briefing Number 5 What are Joint Ventures?” http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/What%20are%20Joint%20Ventures%20Briefing%20No%205.pdf

109. Briefing Number 6 ‘G4S Fiasco’  http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Briefing%20No%206%20G4S.pdf

110. Briefing Number 7 One Barnet contract monitoring or thin client which is it to be? http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Briefing%20Number%207%20-%20One%20Barnet%20Contract%20Monitoring.pdf

111. Briefing Number 8 ‘How Joint Ventures Work’ http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Briefing%20Number%208%20How%20Joint%20Ventures%20work.pdf

112. Briefing Number 9 ‘Regulatory Services & Risk’ http://www.barnetunison.me.uk/sites/default/files/Briefing%20Number%209%20-%20Regulatory%20Services%20&%20Risk.pdf

113. Barnet resident debunks Graph of Doom with Graph of Choices http://ning.it/PoyAfv