The council has now made directly employed wardens redundant and offered redundancy pay-outs. They’ve subsequently agreed a deal with company named LA Support Ltd which sees income split 50-50, but only after initial set-up costs are recovered by the private company. The contract award is £383,000 excluding VAT.
In addition, the company would provide ICT systems resulting in: “A nominal cost
per RBG issued ticket (£20) will be payable to the provider for the above service.”
LA Support are owned by Kingdom Services.
I’m struggling to see how this is good value for taxpayers. The authority get rid of staff, whereby 100% of fine income is sent to council coffers, pay them redundancy, then offer a private company a contract whereby they retain 100% of fine income while new systems are created, and then after that they retain £20 per ticket and only then is income split 50-50.
As I wrote last month this all has echoes of their parking enforcement across parts of the borough. They outsourced enforcement to a private company named Wing Security and receive no income from fines. That contract was established in 2014 and renewed in 2018. The council actually tried to spin it as a win by claiming it as cost-neutral for taxpayer. Well, if in-house it would almost certainly generate money.
And given how poor parking enforcement actually is in Wing Security controlled areas, income potential is there. There may be less poor parking hindering pedestrians too. OK, given Greenwich’s direct parking services are very poor and have a £12 million deficit in income this decade compared to budgeted numbers, then maybe not. But at least all fine income wouldn’t go elsewhere.
All this in a time of cuts.