Magazine article Public Finance

Auditor Condemns Bradford Council's Outsourcing Plans

Magazine article Public Finance

Auditor Condemns Bradford Council's Outsourcing Plans

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The Audit Commission has roundly condemned Bradford City Council's planned £1.2bn procurement of an asset management programme as 'failed', 'inadequate' and 'falling short' of the standards expected from local authorities.

The commission report follows anonymous allegations about the council's poor management of the project, which planned to outsource up to 3,000 facility management staff and oversee the disposal of surplus assets. The plans - which were in their final stages - have been stalled since the watchdog began its investigation in June 2005.

The commission said it was 'not critical' of the council's decision to embark on the procurement, but rather of 'the processes that were used by officers to implement member-approved decisions'.

It found that the council's approach to staffing the exceptionally complex' procurement exercise was 'minimalist', and left officers overstretched', 'confused' and in one case compromised by their multiple roles. …

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