We don’t know whether any of you watched last night’s “Who’s Spending Britain’s Billions” documentary on BBC2. If you haven’t seen it – take a couple of beta blockers and catch up on BBC iPlayer . However just to let you know that for Wirral Leaks readers it would have been familiar territory – consultants who leech off local councils and bleed them dry ,the outsourcing of public services which don’t make the expected savings as they are swallowed up in management fees and evasive councillors trying to justify their financial ineptitude.
However we can exclusively reveal that in March of this year His Lord and Ladyship were asked to contribute to the programme by Pulse , the production team behind the programme http://www.pulsefilms.com/
Whilst we had to decline the offer we thought it would be instructive to share with our readers the email correspondence that took place between Pulse and Wirral Leaks , as it not only explains our reason for being camera shy but provides some insight into why we do what we do.Having said that we’d like to think we gave a steer to the programme makers about just how broken many of our institutions are :
I’m a documentary producer for BBC2, making a one hour prime-time documentary looking at how public bodies are managing public funds at a time of austerity. I’ve been reading your blog, and I’m wondering if we can have a quick chat over the phone. I’m trying to get a sense of what’s going on at council level all over the country – how are council’s coping during austerity? Are poor decisions being made? Have things improved? Let me know if you are available, and we can schedule in a call
Dear Julian, thanks for your reply.
I doth my hat to you and your work.
At this stage all I’m looking for is an off the record chat over the phone to understand all the things you say below. If after that we think there is something we want to follow up on, then we can cross that bridge. At this stage all is off the record, you havent signed no consent forms to say anything can be used on TV, and it’ll just be a chat over the phone. But if you’d like to only chat over the email then that’s fine as well.
The investigation is being fronted by Jacques Peretti. He wants concrete examples with evidence where money has been pissed down the drain…. Can be small bizarre stories or large scale project failures. They have to be within last 3 years or so. Anything spring to mind?
If wastefulness is still the case he wants to know why. Why is money wasted?
He is also interested in the relationship between public and private. We’re interested in the role of private consultants and the amount of money being spent, and we’re also interested in the amount of money going to private contractors in outsourcing jobs. Are they value for money?
That’s our line of enquiry. Id love to talk it through with you.