Bolton Council will pay Capita £50,000 to help make £63 million in cuts

The Bolton News: Bolton Town Hall Bolton Town Hall

CONSULTANTS who will be paid £50,000 to help Bolton Council make £63 million in cuts have been chosen.

Capita Consultancy — whose previous clients include the Bank of Ireland, Oldham Council and the Department for Health — has been given the contract, despite opposition from unions who say the council should use its “in-house expertise”.

The Bolton News reported in November how town hall bosses had set aside £50,000 to pay for the consultants to help find millions of pounds worth of savings between 2015 and 2018 — 37 per cent of the current budget.

Sean Harriss, chief executive of Bolton Council, said: “Bolton Council has an unprecedented budget challenge over the next few years and in order to meet this, the council has engaged Capita Consulting to support the council to examine options for alternative service delivery models such as trusts, council companies and joint ventures with the voluntary and private sectors.

“This is to look at whether services and jobs can be better protected through this route.

“The council doesn't have the expertise or capacity to do this solely in-house.”

The London-based company is expected to work with the council over the next 12 months as it bids to make inroads into the cuts .

Unison branch chairman Matt Kilsby said the public services union believe the money could be better spent.

He said: “According to Bolton Council there is insufficient in-house expertise to come up with options for the next round of cuts, hence the need for input from the private sector.

“Last year when this was announced, we were told it would cost £50,000 for phase one and the unions were criticised for talking about the use of consultants.

“Here we are months later and the council has announced that it has appointed Capita Consult-ancy.

“We believe that our criticisms have now been totally vindicated.”

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10:08am Sat 15 Mar 14

comment230 says...

Suggestions:

1. Get rid of managers who don't understand their areas of responsibility and can't provide a proper analysis

2.Consult members of staff who do the various jobs - they will know how to do things better and more efficiently

3. Employ staff directly and cut out job agency staff that inflate the cost of doing the necessary work

4. Capita will have developed a model of cutting from working with other councils - ask other councils what Capita advised them - save at least two jobs on the consultancy savings
Suggestions: 1. Get rid of managers who don't understand their areas of responsibility and can't provide a proper analysis 2.Consult members of staff who do the various jobs - they will know how to do things better and more efficiently 3. Employ staff directly and cut out job agency staff that inflate the cost of doing the necessary work 4. Capita will have developed a model of cutting from working with other councils - ask other councils what Capita advised them - save at least two jobs on the consultancy savings comment230
  • Score: 20

11:06am Sat 15 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

I for one can smell an over priced b*lls up of an excercise with this one.

Get rid of the idiot's and oxygen thieves Sean Harris and Cliff Morris for starters. They have both stolen a living on the council gravy train. Neither are fit for purpose and I class them both as parasites.
I for one can smell an over priced b*lls up of an excercise with this one. Get rid of the idiot's and oxygen thieves Sean Harris and Cliff Morris for starters. They have both stolen a living on the council gravy train. Neither are fit for purpose and I class them both as parasites. wsw69
  • Score: 24

11:07am Sat 15 Mar 14

soup153 says...

Talk to other councils, your having a laugh. They struggle to talk to each other. Not my job can't do that involves at least two weeks training.
Talk to other councils, your having a laugh. They struggle to talk to each other. Not my job can't do that involves at least two weeks training. soup153
  • Score: 9

12:12pm Sat 15 Mar 14

thealexweb says...

Scrap Bolton Scene magazine please to save up to £80,000.

Reduce the number of Councillors by two thirds to one per ward and remove all but the bar bones expenses. They currently get subsided town parking which must end.
Scrap Bolton Scene magazine please to save up to £80,000. Reduce the number of Councillors by two thirds to one per ward and remove all but the bar bones expenses. They currently get subsided town parking which must end. thealexweb
  • Score: 14

12:52pm Sat 15 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

thealexweb wrote:
Scrap Bolton Scene magazine please to save up to £80,000.

Reduce the number of Councillors by two thirds to one per ward and remove all but the bar bones expenses. They currently get subsided town parking which must end.
To scrap councillors will need agreeing by the Government. They are not allowed just to decrease thee number of councillors at a whim! Plus that would also cost mosey, especially as they would have to realign the wards to have the local elections at the same time, again can only be done by agreement with Central Government and would cost money!!

But I agree with Bolton Scene, get rid - never read it and goes straight in the bin. Whatever appears in it also appears in the BN and they could easily adapt the Bolton.Gov webpage to include an online version which is far cheaper and more accessible nowadays!
[quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: Scrap Bolton Scene magazine please to save up to £80,000. Reduce the number of Councillors by two thirds to one per ward and remove all but the bar bones expenses. They currently get subsided town parking which must end.[/p][/quote]To scrap councillors will need agreeing by the Government. They are not allowed just to decrease thee number of councillors at a whim! Plus that would also cost mosey, especially as they would have to realign the wards to have the local elections at the same time, again can only be done by agreement with Central Government and would cost money!! But I agree with Bolton Scene, get rid - never read it and goes straight in the bin. Whatever appears in it also appears in the BN and they could easily adapt the Bolton.Gov webpage to include an online version which is far cheaper and more accessible nowadays! BWFC71
  • Score: 5

1:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

I wonder what the people who are employed in the town hall actualy do because every time things like this need to be done they pay consultants at a great cost maybe Bolton council should employ people who can do the job in the first place and save the public money!
I wonder what the people who are employed in the town hall actualy do because every time things like this need to be done they pay consultants at a great cost maybe Bolton council should employ people who can do the job in the first place and save the public money! steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: 10

2:46pm Sat 15 Mar 14

coolcat says...

Notice Matt Kilsby says nothing about the yearly cost of £500k + for Trades' Union "facility time".
Notice Matt Kilsby says nothing about the yearly cost of £500k + for Trades' Union "facility time". coolcat
  • Score: 3

10:14pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Bazzerd says...

So..Bolton council can't do their own job???..paying someone else to do it...sack the fookers..thats what'd happen to me if I couldnt do mine...feckin joke!...paid for by all who live in Bolton!!
So..Bolton council can't do their own job???..paying someone else to do it...sack the fookers..thats what'd happen to me if I couldnt do mine...feckin joke!...paid for by all who live in Bolton!! Bazzerd
  • Score: 0

10:18pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Bazzerd says...

Oh yes..I almost forgot that Capita are famous for buying and breaking up successful companies..so figure it out for yourselves..Bolton managers are sh*t scared of making any decisions...so buying in a scapegoat to cover their sorry arses!
Oh yes..I almost forgot that Capita are famous for buying and breaking up successful companies..so figure it out for yourselves..Bolton managers are sh*t scared of making any decisions...so buying in a scapegoat to cover their sorry arses! Bazzerd
  • Score: 1

11:33pm Sat 15 Mar 14

sallyupsteps says...

BWFC71 wrote:
thealexweb wrote:
Scrap Bolton Scene magazine please to save up to £80,000.

Reduce the number of Councillors by two thirds to one per ward and remove all but the bar bones expenses. They currently get subsided town parking which must end.
To scrap councillors will need agreeing by the Government. They are not allowed just to decrease thee number of councillors at a whim! Plus that would also cost mosey, especially as they would have to realign the wards to have the local elections at the same time, again can only be done by agreement with Central Government and would cost money!!

But I agree with Bolton Scene, get rid - never read it and goes straight in the bin. Whatever appears in it also appears in the BN and they could easily adapt the Bolton.Gov webpage to include an online version which is far cheaper and more accessible nowadays!
I have yet to see a Bolton Scene, can't say I'm bothered. Incidentally every time the town hall square is tarted up where do the flags end up? May be with all the other stuff we don't know about.
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thealexweb[/bold] wrote: Scrap Bolton Scene magazine please to save up to £80,000. Reduce the number of Councillors by two thirds to one per ward and remove all but the bar bones expenses. They currently get subsided town parking which must end.[/p][/quote]To scrap councillors will need agreeing by the Government. They are not allowed just to decrease thee number of councillors at a whim! Plus that would also cost mosey, especially as they would have to realign the wards to have the local elections at the same time, again can only be done by agreement with Central Government and would cost money!! But I agree with Bolton Scene, get rid - never read it and goes straight in the bin. Whatever appears in it also appears in the BN and they could easily adapt the Bolton.Gov webpage to include an online version which is far cheaper and more accessible nowadays![/p][/quote]I have yet to see a Bolton Scene, can't say I'm bothered. Incidentally every time the town hall square is tarted up where do the flags end up? May be with all the other stuff we don't know about. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 1

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