Cornwall Council and then a Unison JV Report
With just six days to go until the full membership of Cornwall Council meet, the report that will decide the if the BT outsourcing deal is supported or another option like the in-house has been released. It is a large report of 134 pages and includes a few pages of confidential information. That report can be found HERE. I have only read parts, as I only got it a few hours ago, but when I do, I will be able to tell if the report is full of spin and estimates or actual facts. The full council agenda can be found HERE
However, this is not the only report on the options and proposals. The union Unison has commissioned two reports of its own. One has been done by the association of public service excellence (APSE). The consultant who is undertaking the report is herself a lawyer specialising in procurement matters and previously worked for a local authority so is very experienced in these matters. It is also good to hear the council have been very helpful in assisting with this review and APSE have had access to all the relevant documentation with the exception of the options appraisal on possible “in-house” alternatives.
The other report is from an independent market research company to test staff opinions within the council and particularly of those staff who will be affected by the BT deal. The survey will be done to industry standards and will be wholly independent of Unison. This study will hopefully be available Friday morning. This has come about because the council’s own survey is has no option to simply vote for only one option and if you wish to complete the survey you have to express a view about all options, a little akin to the transferable vote system. Even if your first choice is ‘undecided’. I mean if you are undecided, you are hardly wanting to vote for other options. The council survey just smacks of gerrymandering.
For me, it is going to be interesting to see if there are any differences between the report. Though that is if I am allowed to see the APSE report, as no doubt being allowed so much access, I am sure some sort of confidential agreement had to be signed. If the evidence from the council is to be fully believed, they should be similar in their findings. If not, then there will be some very interesting questions that will need to be answered.
I hope the non-council report will also be available as that way Councillors and the public will get a chance to compare and come to their own conclusions. Anyway, there is going to be a lot of reading in the next few days.