Back in January I wrote the following words in a blog on Council finances.
If, as is looking increasingly likely, the Barnet Conservatives lose control of Barnet Council, an incoming regime will be left with a complete mess. It strikes me as highly likely that this update will be very bleak and impose huge stress on the Council budget. The Conservatives, having created the mess, will blame the incoming regime for the problems and wash their hands of the mismanagement that caused the problems.So here we are. As I predicted, the Tories lost. The council's finances, organisation and management are in chaos. It was pretty clear to me weeks ago that the Barnet Tories had given up on seriously trying to hold the council, I doubt they wanted to. They hoped that Labour would inherit a poison chalice and fail. It is an indictment of their leadership that they would even contemplate such a strategy, but sadly power breeds arrogance and all the signs are that when they realised the game was up they decided to ensure Barnet failed and that the incoming Labour administration would cop the blame.
Both @BarryJohnRawlin and @rozgab agreed to make @BarnetCouncil a Living Wage Employer. @BarryJohnRawlin also said that he would make #SocialCare a priority, ensuring that commissioning by the Council focuses on the need for workers to earn the #LondonLivingWage. @LivingWageUK pic.twitter.com/Sw3CAVySgH— Barnet Citizens (@BarnetCitizens) April 27, 2022