|Smoke and Mirrors by Jim Kramer|
Contracts register - http://www.barnet.gov.uk/downloads/download/172/contracts_register
This only contains 65 contracts. Those of us who attended the Metpro audit inquiry know that there are over 9,000 current contracts.
Copy of Compliant Contracts Going Live 30 Nov 2011
So where are they?
Even more misleading is the spreadsheet for senior staff pay. http://www.barnet.gov.uk/info/1573/senior_salaries/828/senior_salaries - This tells me that nine full time employees are on over £100k Per annum. Sadly, they have not included any contractors, on Tax "efficient" schemes such as Deputy CEO Andrew Travers - how many of these are there? They clearly don't want us to know. So all we see is a tiny glimpse of the picture. Even more disturbing is the fact that the names of some of these public servants is "withheld" such as "Deputy Director of Adult Social Services" - it is odd that we can now who is in charge of MI5, but not a deputy director of Barnet Council. Here's the full spreadsheet, ordered by wages.
Copy of Senior Employee Salaries Over Pound 58200 as at 31 March 2012
All in all, the new website is a perfect mirror of Barnet. I have no idea whatsoever what sort of a Council Barnet really is. I do know exactly what it isn't. That is honest and transparent. Maybe you don't care. You should. It is your money that is paying for all of this. Unless we can see how it is being spent, we can only assume that they really don't want us to know something.