Town Hall Members In Hot Water After Looking to Spend £200,000 On Offices reports The Sandy Woods
Over 300 set to lose jobs and youth programs cut
Businesses are being invited to apply for a contract in order to supply office furniture for up to four full years, but there is an additional contract for the 750 desks and new 20 million council offices being built on Cookson Street.
Suppliers are needed in order to supply anywhere from 50,000 and 200,000 of general office furniture to the town hall.
While councils insist the number will be much closer to the former total than the latter, the move has caused obvious criticism from locals that have seen many social programs cut. One such cut was to slash 14.1 million from its budget that involved the axing of over 300 jobs and up to 50 compulsory redundancies.
Blackpool’s CCTV service is now being reduced to deliver savings nearly 200,000, which means futures cameras will no longer have monitorization, while another 600,00 of savings has been gained through the scrapping of youth services.
Councilor Tony Williams, who leads the opposition Tories on Blackpool Council, stated: “Last Tuesday at the council’s budget meeting we heard the council leader Councilor Simon Blackburn pledging to fight poverty, poor housing and government cuts and the very next day we see the council is to spend up to 200,000 per year on furniture for the next four years. This is hypocrisy on an obscene level. We should be saving jobs not spending fortunes on expensive desks and chairs.
“I would also like to hope it will be a local supplier who gets this lucrative contract.”
An email sent to all councilors says: “The agreement is for a period of two years with the option to extend for up to a further two years and it is estimated to provide between 50,000 and 200,000 of general office furniture per annum.”
One council worker, is likely to lose her job to redundancies, who asked not to be named, said: “I am appalled the council think nice new desks are more important than CCTV which can save lives.
“People are losing their jobs and services are being cut so it is not the right time to be spending money on furniture”
Councilor Simon Blackburn tried to explain regarding the “routine transaction.”
“This contract, or contracts should more than one supplier be chosen, will provide furniture for all areas of the council on the basis of need,” he said.
“There is no set annual spend and it is extremely unlikely that we will be spending anything approaching 200,000 annually.
“Replacing broken and old furniture is an essential task for any organization as is providing furniture for new buildings. The events this week are aimed at giving local businesses the chance to examine whether this contract will be suitable for them although we must stress the contract is open to all businesses and we must seek to get best value for the taxpayer.”
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