Sunday, January 21, 2007

Recent Bonfires 50

In the news this week:

£400m for 2012 cost consultants- "The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee will this week express dismay that the cost of 2012 has already risen from £2.4bn to £3.3bn and could easily go even higher. The cross-party group will ask why the original budget produced in 2004, which ministers and London mayor Ken Livingstone insisted was robust, so quickly proved to be an underestimate... It will point out that the cost of employing consultants CLM to control costs and project manage the array of 2012 building schemes rose from £100m to £400m in three months." (Observer 21.1.07)

£10,300 for new name- "HEALTH chiefs have been attacked for wasting taxpayers' money on finding a new name for a health trust. Officials at Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust spent £10,300 on employing consultants to give the organisation a more user-friendly image. The consultants spent a year dreaming up a new name – eventually settling on the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust- DASH." (Yorkshire Post 5.1.07)

£280,000 overspend on theatre- "Redditch Council officers had to explain to its executive committee on Wednesday why there was an overspend of more than £280,000 on the Palace Theatre facelift... Borough Director Chris Smith said: "It was very complicated." Councillor Colin Macmillan said: "The fact it was complicated is not an excuse. If a situation is complicated, then we should be geared to deal with it. This is not free money and shouldn't be treated as such." (Redditch Advertiser 16.1.07)

£11m Manchester Council overspend- "Manchester city council has racked up a expected overspend of nearly £11m. The projected overspend, for the financial year 2006/07, is the equivalent of a council tax rise of about 10 per cent. And, unless it can be reduced, the difference may have to be taken from the town hall's healthy cash reserves - or passed on to the taxpayer." (Manchester Evening News 5.1.07)

Total for week- £411,290,300

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