Perhaps the biggest irony for a post created to outsource the council, is the admission that in house resources are cheaper. In section 5.3 is says
Performance and Value for Money: the use of its own Legal staff to provide legal advice and assistance to its One Barnet Programme provides the council with value for money.
Need I say more. The report carries on with some other rather interesting information.
8.1 In 2009, external lawyers, Trowers and Hamlins, were appointed as the Council’s legal advisors to the One Barnet Programme. However, from the outset, it was identified that a level of internal legal resource would be required to support the legal work being carried out by Trowers and Hamlins.
8.2 Two permanent members of staff from the Legal Service are, presently, ‘seconded’ to the One Barnet Programme, whilst further, internal, legal support is being provided by an ‘As and When’ member of staff.
8.3 The use of internal legal resources to support the One Barnet Programme provides good value for money.
8.4 The Development and Regulatory Service and the New Support Customer Services Organisation One Barnet Programme projects are, presently, in dialogue and are due to go live in April/May 2013. The current level of internal legal support for the One Barnet programme will, therefore, be required in the period close to when these two projects go live. Consequently, the fixed term post is being created to
continue until 31 March 2013.
8.5 As it is anticipated that the Council’s Legal Service will transfer to the London Borough of Harrow with effect from July 2012, or such later date if appropriate, to become a shared legal service with the London Borough of Harrow, the new post and post-holder would transfer to the London Borough of Harrow if the service transfer takes place on July 2012 or such later date at which the fixed term post is