Double standards – or no standards at all?

31 Jul

We know ( because Tory councillors at Lib Dem controlled South Somerset District Council have said so) that their local plan has cost more than £2 million to prepare, most of which was “officer time”.

But when someone asks the CEO of the Tory council how much ours cost (see Save our Sidmouth) he got the reply

I note your ongoing fondness for time recording but this is principally a tool for billing clients and justifying the level of charge. It was experimented with in the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s when the ‘internal market’ was all the rage but was subsequently rejected by most in local government as unnecessary bureaucracy”

So, in Lib Dem South Somerset (CEO M Williams) you can be told the cost but in Tory East Devon (CEO M Williams) you can’t.

Oh, and by the way, WE the taxpayers of East Devon are your clients and we want to know.

2 Responses to “Double standards – or no standards at all?”

  1. Not A Developer July 31, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    So how come we are constantly being told how little it will cost to move from Knowle to new offices in Honiton? If they are not costing officer time how can we believe their figures and how do we (and the CEO) know what officers are spending their time and our money on?

    If I go to a lawyer and ask for advice I get charged by the hour. If a builder charges me for work done he charges by the hour. Where is the difference?

    How do I know that someone isn’t being paid to walk the CEO’s dog?

    How do EDDC’s auditors work out if our council is giving us value for money if we are not allowed to know what officers spend their time on? Ludicrous.

  2. Medusa July 31, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Surely EDDC’s Systems Thinking approach requires it to know how officers spend their time? And if it comes to needing to make redundancies in future how will they know who to choose? Anyone made compulsorily redundant could use that response to challenge their sacking!

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