Wirral Leaks has been for some time highlighting the worrying situation of Wirral Council hiring highly paid consultants at exorbitant rates whilst at the same time explaining how services must be cut and staff need to be made redundant and anyway it’s all the governments fault.
Wirral Council’s use of consultants seems to be for 3 reasons :
1) For when they’re in a hole of their own making – “Here’s a shed-load of money if you write any old flannel as long as the conclusion is – “No case to answer” !
2) Absolve the Council of responsibility for decision-making – ” It was the independent,external consultant who recommended that we cull half of our workforce and lay waste to public services.We didn’t want to really ,honestly…..”
3) Compensate for the sheer ineptitude and negligence of council officers on megabuck salaries who seem to have absolutely no idea what they’re bloody doing! – As her Ladyship said ” If I was on a life raft and reliant on a full set of chief officers for survival I think I’d throw myself overboard and take my chances with the sharks”
The latest beneficiaries of the Wirral Council runaway gravy train are a consultancy firm by the name of V4 who have given Wirral Council the V-sign and been paid £260,000 for what was initially a £50,000 job – SEE HERE
Nice work if you can get it and you can get it when Wirral Council officers and councillors are simply not up to the job and where it’s always amateur hour!.
Despite this work being authorised by Labour cabinet member Cllr.Chris Meaden , Power Boy Pip displays his renowned leadership skills and plays pass the parcel by claiming that the issue “concerns officers”. We were also interested to read about this case that “delegated powers” to Wirral Councillors allow payment of monies up to the value of £50,000. That’ll explain the £48,000 for “hurt feelings” then! – ” Let’s keep it just under £50,000 and we’ll throw in a couple of packets of Benson & Hedges”.
Finally Wirral Leaks would like to offer some advice to Wirral Council staff currently facing redundancy who fancy a piece of the action.
A guide on how to become a Wirral Council consultant is helpfully set out on the ever illuminating Wirral In it Together blog:
The steps are:
1. Prove yourself “useful” to Wirral Council
2. Nab a 12 month contract
3. Set up a consultancy company
4. Think of a number – treble it and there you have your daily rate (£515 in this case)
5. Get your contract extended (with or without councillor scrutiny).
6. Trebles all round!