On thin ice over spend­ing de­ci­sions

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - PETER J HALL by email

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’.

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