Serco bin con­tract needs ex­am­i­na­tion

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

Your re­port ‘Bin cash plan branded ‘im­moral’’ [Gazette, Fe­bru­ary 1] leaves me and I am sure most of your read­ers some­what be­mused.

I have down­loaded the doc­u­ment that Can­ter­bury City Coun­cil re­leased on Novem­ber 21, 2017 with the name ‘Waste Col­lec­tion Re­cy­cling and Street Cleans­ing Con­tract.pdf’. This was pro­vided in re­sponse to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest that read “I would like to see your con­tract with Serco for col­lec­tion of all types of waste in the district, in­clud­ing pro­vi­sions for fin­ing the com­pany for fail­ing to ful­fil the con­tract and de­tails of the pe­riod cov­ered by it.”

It is clearly not a copy of the fi­nal con­tract – it does not in­clude the name of the ser­vice provider and there are no sig­na­tures. How­ever, if it is a close ap­prox­i­ma­tion to what was signed, Sec­tions 3 (Com­mence­ment and du­ra­tion of con­tract) and 5 (War­ranties and gen­eral obli­ga­tions of the par­ties) do raise ques­tions over the de­ci­sion to pay Serco more than was pro­vided for in the orig­i­nal con­tract.

We need a brisk in­quiry to es­tab­lish the facts and a short re­port. This need not be ei­ther ex­pen­sive or time con­sum­ing – in­deed any at­tempt to in­flate costs through ob­fus­ca­tion and de­lay should lead to a crisp in­terim re­port nam­ing the guilty par­ties. It should not be dif­fi­cult to obtain the con­tract doc­u­men­ta­tion and de­ter­mine whether Serco is be­ing paid to pro­vide ser­vices over and above those orig­i­nally con­tracted or whether the con­tract is be­ing al­tered to give Serco more for do­ing what it orig­i­nally un­der­took to do. As a lo­cal res­i­dent with over 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a man­age­ment con­sul­tant, I would be happy (if given full ac­cess to doc­u­ments) to write such a re­port with­out charge. Joe Eger­ton, Palace Street, Can­ter­bury

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