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Civil service red tape report exposes litany of waste

HOME Office contractors travelled six hours from Liverpool to South Wales and back to change a single carpet tile, it has emerged.

The extraordinary trip was exposed in a report detailing the red tape that saw probation service chiefs repeatedly summon workmen halfway across the country to clean windows, paint walls or fix blocked toilets.

As households across Wales scrimp and save to meet the costs of rocketing bills, the whistle-blowing report revealed a litany of waste, including:

A worker travelled from London to fix an alarm in South Wales – only to find he didn’t have the part.

Window cleaners were repeatedly sent from the Midlands and Manchester areas to bail hostels in South and Mid Wales.

Carpenters travelled from Birmingham to repair a broken cupboard in North Wales – but decided it needed a new door and left without fixing it.

In Gwent, a loo was blocked for a month. After complaints, an electrician was sent but left because the job needed a plumber.

It goes on.

Read More http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/03/27/civil-service-red-tape-report-exposes-litany-of-waste-91466-28409894/#ixzz1Hn16VMtM

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The really telling part of the story.

"Before 2005, local firms were hired to carry out the work at the centres, but it was decided to privatise the contracts for England and Wales to save cash."

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Some numbers:

A carpet-fitting firm in Liverpool told us that they would charge several hundred pounds to travel to South Wales to do a small job once fuel and time costs were taken into consideration. In comparison we found a local firm willing to do the work for between £35 and £50.

Window cleaners told us they would do a small job for a fiver – while a company in Birmingham said that with travel costs it would cost them up to £100 to do it.

The waste was revealed in a report by probation union Napo which estimated the total cost of the waste was £15m in the last six years.

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The really telling part of the story.

"Before 2005, local firms were hired to carry out the work at the centres, but it was decided to privatise the contracts for England and Wales to save cash."

Actually, the really telling part of the story is this:

“The facilities contracts used to maintain the probation and other government department’s estates were competitively tendered and have so far saved the probation estate £18m."

It was even worse before!

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Edited by Tired of Waiting

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I got a tax bill in the post one day, then about a week later 2 tax rebates on the same day in separate envelopes, then a week after that another tax bill. I guess it all gives a boost to the economy.

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The really telling part of the story.

"Before 2005, local firms were hired to carry out the work at the centres, but it was decided to privatise the contracts for England and Wales to save cash."

....wonder how the tenders were judged....?.... ;)

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