Haringey in row over Tech Refresh

Opposition members of Haringey Council in north-east London have accused the ruling party of giving evasive answers to questions about a £24.6m "Tech Refresh" project that has cost more than double the original budget.

Opposition members of Haringey Council in north-east London have accused the ruling party of giving evasive answers to questions about a £24.6m "Tech Refresh" project that has cost more than double the original budget.

After Computer Weekly's disclosures about Tech Refresh (21 February), the council held a meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to discuss the project.

The opposition councillors asked about the cost and use of consultants, and the lack of early warning about overspending, but claim they were given evasive answers.

They say the ruling Labour group, instead of providing information, referred the questioner to a report on the Tech Refresh project written by the Audit Commission, a council watchdog.

Neil Williams, head of the Lib-Dems on Haringey Council, said the answers to the questions were not in the commission's report.

Haringey has now convened a further meeting to discuss the report. A council spokesman said:  "We have responded publicly to detailed questions from councillors on a number of occasions and will continue to do so.

"We have put the full Audit Commission review into the public domain, fully accepted its findings and produced an action plan addressing the auditor's concerns."

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