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Extra Money Needed To Complete Blueschool House


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#1 Colin James

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Posted 27 July 2017

The Council will seek approval for extra money to complete Blueschool House, they are only a £1million pound short! Yes a £1million pound, so where will they find this extra money? Because apparently we do not have any due to cut backs, not even enough money to kill the cities weeds. Cllr Chris Chappell advises us all to stop moaning and remove them ourselves!

 

See Aylestone Voice original topic here

 

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According to the Council website Herefordshire Council will achieve a saving of over £1million over the next ten years by investing in Blueschool House, receiving rental income from DWP and saving on property costs for Franklin House. They will spend this now on the overspend, great savings eh!

 

Quote from the Hereford Times - COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve an overspend of almost £1m on refurbishing a council building.

 
At today's meeting, Herefordshire Council's cabinet will be asked to approve an increase in capital expenditure to complete the building work at Blueschool House in Blueschool Street, Hereford.
 
The work is ongoing to complete the joint customer services hub, which will include the council's central customer services team, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Jobcentre Plus and housing services.
 
When councillors first approved the project they were told it would cost £950,000, with £250,000 being provided by the council, but the project estimate is now at £1.92m, an extra £970,000.
 
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contributed £400,000 to the project, while The Homes and Communities Agency has contributed £300,000.
 
Today, cabinet is being asked to approve £50,000 to be allocated from the ICT revenue reserve to provide sufficient ICT equipment at Blueschool House; £200,000 to be allocated from the earmarked economy, communities and corporate revenue reserve to support the increased costs; and having regard to the continued revenue benefits identified in the revised business case, a further £720,000 to be approved to deliver a joint customer services hub at Blueschool House, bringing the total estimated cost to £1.92m

 

It was published on the Council website at the end of July that Blueschool House will open on schedule in September 


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#2 ragwert

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Posted 27 July 2017

Should this not be part of Aylestone Voice topic


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#3 Colin James

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Posted 27 July 2017

Should this not be part of Aylestone Voice topic

 

I wrote it and then realised AV had also written a topic, hence my link to his original.


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#4 K.Butt

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Posted 27 July 2017

Councillor Chappell should go and lend a hand, that will save some money  :Winky:


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#5 Aylestone Voice

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Posted 27 July 2017

I spoken to someone who went to Cabinet today.

Apparently not a lot happened as they just wanted to approve the extra spend, although it was said that due to the identified long term savings they would have gone ahead at the higher cost anyway. 

The cock up is being assessed by the internal auditors - This is the South West Audit Partnership (which was recommended as the internal auditors by Peter Robinson when he was here and of course which he helped set up when he was in Bristol) 

Their report will go to the Audit and Governance Committee in September I think. 

I'm told that a couple of Councillors raised concerns about the cost and that the additional work should have been obvious and anticipated but this will be better considered when the audit report is available.

However as you would expect it was - "well let's make sure we learn the lessons and forget it" 

Hmmmm! Have we not heard those words before?


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#6 twowheelsgood

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Posted 27 July 2017

IOC were live blogging it on their Facebook page;

 

Lots of cabinet members absent. Also 2 group leaders (Green + Liberal) and one of the scrutiny chairs ... but a busy agenda

 
 
Next item - it gets worse ... debacle of the Blue School House massive overspend of well over £1m. Director Geoff Hughes says an investigation by council's internal auditors is still underway and will report to Audit & Governance Committee in September. Shockingly it appears that a proper contract for the work hasn't even been signed and the contract would not now pass the requirements of the council's updated constitution as regards the number of contractors (1) on the framework contract used.
 
Serious concern expressed by Cllr Powers - incredulous at the litany of errors which appear to have come to light. We must await for the investigation output to A&G before digging further into this one ... we're nowhere near the bottom.

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#7 Pete Boggs

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Posted 28 July 2017


 
Next item - it gets worse ... debacle of the Blue School House massive overspend of well over £1m. Director Geoff Hughes says an investigation by council's internal auditors is still underway and will report to Audit & Governance Committee in September. Shockingly it appears that a proper contract for the work hasn't even been signed and the contract would not now pass the requirements of the council's updated constitution as regards the number of contractors (1) on the framework contract used.

 

Council's property team pissed while on the job again? Surely not - that can't be the explanation for this debacle can it?

 

Unsigned contracts, that's par for the course with this Council - see previous comments re: Butter Market.


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#8 M. Preece

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Posted 28 July 2017

A £1million pounds shortfall? That is unbelievable 


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#9 Denise Lloyd

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Posted 29 July 2017

Council's property team pissed while on the job again? Surely not - that can't be the explanation for this debacle can it?

 

Unsigned contracts, that's par for the course with this Council - see previous comments re: Butter Market.

Council's property team pissed while on the job again

 

I was not going to remark on Pete Boggs comment on being "pissed whilst on duty" but I feel I cannot let it pass.  I am not a prude and definitely not tea total but I find it incomprehensible that Senior members of Herefordshire Council staff are the worse for wear in the afternoons.  I am assuming this is a regular occurrence. Many years ago when life was a lot more relaxed but we still got our work done my chosen watering holes at a lunch time were the Oxford Arms(Ted and Iris) Broad Leys Wye Inn to name but a few but we were never too pickled not to be able to carry on working in the afternoon.  

 

Nowadays alcoholic lunchtimes during working hours are an absolute no no and if I had to deal with anybody in business who stank of drink they would not get my business.   

 

I say these guys and I assume they are guys should be named and shamed.  I have had names suggested to me and some  are still employed by the Council.  No wonder all property transactions including the Council farms  handled by the Council are and have been such a shambles. As Bobby would say God help us!


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#10 ragwert

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Posted 30 July 2017

I see the Hereford Times has removed some 40+ comments on this article

http://www.herefordt...eschool_House_/


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#11 megilleland

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Posted 30 July 2017

Is that to give a balanced view!


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