On thin ice over spending decisions
THE leader of The London Borough of Hillingdon, Mr Ray Puddifoot, may be mis-spending council money in a big way.
The ice rink run outside the Council offices loses thousand of pounds each year and is continuing during the cuts, when money is tight and staff are being laid off.
He has also decided to axe a service to schools which will leave many schools having to pay a large increase to software used to record student data. The cut will also mean the loss of several jobs and services required by schools.
The decision to remove this service has been taken in an effort to save money, but it appears that extra computer connections will need to be purchased and will cost a lot more than removing the service.
Schools have been informed at the beginning of September that the service of broadband, telephones and computing support will be terminated on March 31 2016.
Many connections to children centres are taken from the schools’ systems but when the service is terminated childrens centres will have to have a separate circuit installed. Data collected from schools for statistics and data held by the council will be less reliable.
It would appear the LBH is contradicting its motto ‘Putting Our Residents First’.