It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
I blogged back in January about the outgoing Cornwall Council CEO Kevin Lavery and the fact that he was leaving to take the top job in New Zealand’s capital Wellington.
Unless there was a last minute change of plan last month he became CEO of Wellington City Council. And already he appears to be at the centre of more outsourcing controversy. I suppose it’s the nature of the job -and that’s “why he gets paid the big bucks”, as they say.
The article does not mention Lavery but he looks set to be the person that will drive the programme through.
Lavery was the force behind Cornwall Council’s controversial outsourcing plan, which led to the council leader being overthrown, Cornwall decided on a scaled down outsource. In the end the council outsourced IT and created a telehealth partnership with BT after rejecting a controversial plan to privatise a much broader range of council services.
This article gives more details about his move and describes how Lavery does not count outsourcing as an ideology but an option. One which cash strapped UK councils must face.
I did a poll to get people’s views on the outsourcing of services in local government. 404 people have responded with 231 (57%) saying services should be outsourced, 162 (40%) saying they shouldn’t and 8 saying they don’t know.
So the largest chunk support what Lavery does. What do you think? Please fill it in by going to this blog post.