Ten years of ‘Future Shape’, ‘easyCouncil’, ‘One Barnet’
On Tuesday 6 May 2008, two things happened that changed my life.
The first was my meeting with the Chief Executive Leo Boland and Nick Walkley (later to become Chief Executive) where they informed me about their next project they called ‘Future Shape’.
The second was the Cabinet meeting which met that night and rubber stamped the ‘Future Shape’ proposal.
Click here to view the Cabinet report
It’s been a roller coaster emotionally, mentally and physically the last ten years.
I don’t know how I am still here, but I do know that I am lucky to have an incredible team of office staff and activists all of whom strive hard to do all that they can for our members.
To mark this anniversary since the birth of Future Shape the branch enlisted the services of Dexter Whitfield to write a report on the last ten years.
I am proud to announce that the report was published today Monday 30 April, 2018 at 8 a.m.
As an added bonus, Jeremy Corbyn took time off his busy schedule to come along to meet some of the Barnet campaigners who have been active this last ten years in a very hostile environment of relentless outsourcing and cutting public services.
It is a very detailed report, but there again it had to be because there has been so much going on in our Council.
You can read our Press Release here
Damning report into EasyCouncil, Outsourcing including forward by John McDonnell
Below are three short video messages from Dexter Whitfield on his report.
Dexter Whitfield on campaigning against outsourcing
Dexter Whitfield on outsourcing failures
Dexter Whitfield on true costs of Barnet easyCouncil
Finally I am proud to see so many UNISON reps across the UK issue the following message:
UNISON reps across the UK call on public bodies to end contracts with Capita