New inquiry into city's BT contract.Byline: BY DAVID BARTLETT The Honourable David John Bartlett is the Minister for Education in Tasmania. He is a Tasmanian Labor politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the electorate of Denison. Daily Post Staff
LIVERPOOL council's joint venture with BT - which is said to "lack transparency" - is to be scrutinised by a select committee of councillors.
A special meeting of the Corporate Services Select Committee will convene in September to look into how the pounds 70m-a-year Liverpool Direct Ltd (LDL LDL - ["LDL: A Logic-Based Data-Language", S. Tsur et al, Proc VLDB 1986, Kyoto Japan, Aug 1986, pp.33-41]. ) partnership is working.
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Last week, the Daily Post revealed the findings of a report by the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government (IDeA) which said the basis of billing for the contract was "opaque" and that the "lack of transparency" has raised doubts about whether the council is getting value for money.
LDL runs the council's revenues and benefits, and customer services, as well as its information technology. In the last financial year, BT charged pounds 31m in management fees, while the council's expenses as part of the joint venture were pounds 36m, and the IDeA report has prompted fears the local authority is being "ripped-off".
The special meeting was called in response to a separate internal council report which raised questions about the performance of LDL.
However, councillors will also been keen to question LDL's management about the contents of the IDeA report.
The IDeA report made a number of criticisms of the LDL deal, stating that high costs for benefits administration and revenue collection services "indicate that the spirit of the partnership is not working to the advantage of Liverpool City Council
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The report's author urged the council to carry out an immediate and urgent review of the contract, that runs until 2017, and which could cost as much as pounds 20m to end early.
Last night, a council spokesman confirmed the special meeting would be taking place, but said a date in September was yet to be set.
Deputy Labour leader Cllr Paul Brant brant or brant goose, common name for a species of wild sea goose. The American brant, Branta bernicla, breeds in the Arctic and winters along the Atlantic coast. , who requested the meeting, said: "A detailed and thorough scrutiny of the senior LDL executives is essential following the recent revelations.
"Liverpool is officially the worst financially managed council in the country, and it is essential that these vital services provided by LDL are clearly shown to be good value for money."