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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Irrefutable Evidence that Labour incompetence lost millions on costly school buildings

Posted by davidburbage on April 9, 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13012596

This is an independent analysis of the BSF programme – where horrendously complicated and costly processes needed to be gone through to create bespoke building projects, for the most part on individual schools (rather than tackling the biggest problems in a sensible way).

It just shows what balderdash can be achieved by civil servants and quangoes designing procurement and spending programmes centrally, rather than get people that know what they’re doing to get on with it locally.

Reminds me of a conversation I had with a chap from the Housing Corporation (or the Homes and Communities Agency or whatever it was renamed to) who wanted to hold a “single conversation” with the six Berkshire authorities about the pattern of their investment in affordable housing projects and associated infrastructure. “We need to invest the money” he was saying.

“Just give us our cheque and we’ll spend it on housing” I said. Couldn’t do that, of course . . . we had to go through a complicated process of negotiation first involving producing large documents analysing need, consulting widely, centralising it, asking for approval blah blah blah.

I don’t think we have had any investments since that day, but I could be wrong . . . . . .

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