I was shocked to see the scale of cutbacks that Barnet Council have made in the last year. These are exposed in this document produced by auditors Grant Thornton.
It seems that £30 million has magically disappeared from the childrens service budget.
THIS BLOG, we have all of these "second rung" posts on huge salaries as well.
Perhaps the oddest comment in these accounts is the one about the money deposited with "other local authorities"
What I can't understand is how the note of explanation ties up with the table. None of these authorities actually border on Barnet ????? Whilst I'd probably trust any of these authorities more than I'd trust Barnet with our cash, why are they depositing £21.5 Million pounds in with Southend?
Anyone care to explain. Do we earn interest on these deals? Is it a necessity for the function of the Borough?