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Offline Geoff Reid

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Cllr Garry Perkins Defends Council's Use of Consultants
« on: September 17, 2010, 09:43:39 am »



Quote from: Councillor Garry Perkins
'CONSULTANT' appears to be an insulting word these days. Certainly, any public sector organisation that has anything to do with them can automatically expect to be criticised.

In that sense, I wasn't surprised by the headlines and comments in this newspaper earlier this week, but they were still disappointing. I'd be the last person to defend the
indiscriminate use of consultants, and no one would deny that abuses have occurred in the public sector. But it doesn't automatically make consultants a bad thing, and it doesn't mean that managers who employ them can't do their own jobs, as some have suggested.

It would seem madness to me, with the tens of millions of pounds in savings that we have to make, not to try to get all our decisions right.

Yes, we might have to spend some money on expert opinion (and perhaps expert would be a better word than consultant), but if that delivers a solution that ultimately gives us a better result, and outweighs the cost of getting the advice, then what's the problem?

Consultants are commonplace in the private sector, and are used by countless successful businesses, large and small. Those businesses know it's cost-effective to bring in specialist knowledge only when they need it, to deal with specific projects or issues. Why should different rules apply to managers in the public sector?

It's time for those who have criticised us for wanting to take expert advice about our options for the future of our libraries, leisure, culture and parks services to look more
closely at the reality.

In their eyes, add 'consultant' to 'council' and the result is an easy opportunity to grab a few headlines. To me, it shows a lack of understanding on their part of some of the
basic realities involved in running any large organisation, private or public.

We have some massive and far-reaching decisions to make about some very important public services here in Swindon, and I make no apology for wanting to base those decisions on the best advice we can get.


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Re: Cllr Garry Perkins Defends Council's Use of Consultants
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2010, 01:12:20 pm »
The question must surely be why pay all these very high salaries if you go out to Consultants?

Why not save the salaries and just commission consultants as and when they are required?

Or is it a case of having someone else to blame for the decision or the consequences of the decision?

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Re: Cllr Garry Perkins Defends Council's Use of Consultants
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2010, 07:34:24 pm »
Consultants are commonplace in the private sector, and are used by countless successful businesses, large and small.

You are not in the private sector you tosser. Your success is measured by the sustained provision of satisfactory services, often with little or no effusive thanks. Not by dividends.

Those businesses know it's cost-effective to bring in specialist knowledge only when they need it, to deal with specific projects or issues.

S'pecially cost effective when it ain't your feckin money, residents do not have projects or issues, they have the same needs year after year, day in, day out. The projects and needs are invented by tossers with a vision affliction. You are not a captain of industry. You are a corporal in public service, no less honourable if only you could appreciate it.


Why should different rules apply to managers in the public sector?

Clues in the name tosser. S'crap dye job too.
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Re: Cllr Garry Perkins Defends Council's Use of Consultants
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2010, 10:13:20 pm »
Can I take it then that frontline workers and services will be cut by 30%, but the council isn't going to stop a single consultancy?

Why else try to give a robust defense of thier use in a otherwise critical [on this issue anyway] press?
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Re: Cllr Garry Perkins Defends Council's Use of Consultants
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2010, 05:02:02 pm »
Consultants are commonplace in the private sector, and are used by countless successful businesses, large and small.

You are not in the private sector you tosser. Your success is measured by the sustained provision of satisfactory services, often with little or no effusive thanks. Not by dividends.


You are also not successful, Gaz.
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Re: Cllr Garry Perkins Defends Council's Use of Consultants
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2010, 11:09:13 pm »
indefenisble why do we have so many people paid so much if they do no have the answers

 

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