Opposition says Harrow Borough Council chief executive consultation shows Labour administration’s 'lack of decisiveness at the top level'

Chief executive consultation shows Labour administration’s 'lack of decisiveness at the top level'

Chief executive consultation shows Labour administration’s 'lack of decisiveness at the top level'

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The leader of the council has been attacked for consulting on proposals to bring back the role of chief executive.

Last week the council announced it would be consulting on reinstating the most senior officer at Harrow Borough Council after it was scrapped last year.

The authority will be talking to council employees, school staff, union members and councillors over the proposals.

Reacting to the announcement Tory group leader Susan Hall said: "It says a lot about Labour, and particularly Cllr Perry, that they consider potentially bringing back a chief executive to be priority.

“It's a sign of their inability to make decisions, their constant need for reassurance, and their lack of decisiveness at the top level - a problem made worse by Cllr Perry only working two days a week as leader of the council."

Cllr Perry said: “It’s very disappointing that Susan Hall has resorted to personal attacks instead of discussing and debating the issue of the senior management structure.

“We now have to deal with the void that has been left by her and the previous Tory administration and we campaigned and said we would hold a proper consultation.

“I think it's laughable that Susan Hall, after not carrying out a proper consultation when she deleted the role, has to attack me personally for conducting a full and proper consultation.”

Recommendations could go before members later this year but until any permanent arrangements are made Paul Najsarek, interim head of paid service, will continue to lead the council at officer level.

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10:21am Tue 22 Jul 14

Anthony Harrow says...

'Lack of decisiveness at the top level'
That's a Joke It shows that they just want to waist Money!!
'Lack of decisiveness at the top level' That's a Joke It shows that they just want to waist Money!! Anthony Harrow
  • Score: 5

8:03pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Harrow Alan says...

So after collecting my council tax and refusing to empty my bin, David Perry now wants to pay someone two hundred grand to run the council for him without asking us what we think. Seems par for the course.

It's also something else for him to accuse Susan Hall of playing things personally when just last week he also accused her of attacking council staff, when all she did was criticise him for his indifference towards the strike and not doing anything to fix the problems it caused.
So after collecting my council tax and refusing to empty my bin, David Perry now wants to pay someone two hundred grand to run the council for him without asking us what we think. Seems par for the course. It's also something else for him to accuse Susan Hall of playing things personally when just last week he also accused her of attacking council staff, when all she did was criticise him for his indifference towards the strike and not doing anything to fix the problems it caused. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 7

10:30pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Yogesh says...

No one should be surprised. The Spending Rounds have started and Service Cuts will be on the way. Wonder when the increase of council tax be on the agenda. We hope never, but then we are led by the money spending and service cutting Administration.
No one should be surprised. The Spending Rounds have started and Service Cuts will be on the way. Wonder when the increase of council tax be on the agenda. We hope never, but then we are led by the money spending and service cutting Administration. Yogesh
  • Score: 5

7:24pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Elliegirl says...

Harrow Alan
Cllr Hall also didn't ask us the Residents or Council Employees whether we all wanted to get rid of the Chief Executive either!!! I also don't think you can blame David Perry for not emptying your bin either that was the choice of th employees to go on strike .
Harrow Alan Cllr Hall also didn't ask us the Residents or Council Employees whether we all wanted to get rid of the Chief Executive either!!! I also don't think you can blame David Perry for not emptying your bin either that was the choice of th employees to go on strike . Elliegirl
  • Score: -4

8:37pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Harrow Alan says...

Elliegirl wrote:
Harrow Alan
Cllr Hall also didn't ask us the Residents or Council Employees whether we all wanted to get rid of the Chief Executive either!!! I also don't think you can blame David Perry for not emptying your bin either that was the choice of th employees to go on strike .
Fair point, but I care less when the purpose of something is to save money instead of costing money.

As for the bin, David Perry didn't seem to care at all about the strike and didn't bother putting on additional collections to make up for the bins that were missed. That's well within his powers to do but he did nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Elliegirl[/bold] wrote: Harrow Alan Cllr Hall also didn't ask us the Residents or Council Employees whether we all wanted to get rid of the Chief Executive either!!! I also don't think you can blame David Perry for not emptying your bin either that was the choice of th employees to go on strike .[/p][/quote]Fair point, but I care less when the purpose of something is to save money instead of costing money. As for the bin, David Perry didn't seem to care at all about the strike and didn't bother putting on additional collections to make up for the bins that were missed. That's well within his powers to do but he did nothing. Harrow Alan
  • Score: 6

8:18am Thu 24 Jul 14

blueharrow says...

Elliegirl, your comments make it seem like you have been negatively affected since the CEOs departure. I can only say from my view as harrow resident that it hasn't affected me one bit. I am actually quite pleased to be able to say Harrow is one of the only councils not to waste almost a 1/4 of a million quid on a position not needed
Elliegirl, your comments make it seem like you have been negatively affected since the CEOs departure. I can only say from my view as harrow resident that it hasn't affected me one bit. I am actually quite pleased to be able to say Harrow is one of the only councils not to waste almost a 1/4 of a million quid on a position not needed blueharrow
  • Score: 4

10:17pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Elliegirl says...

@ Harrow Alan how can he put on extra collections if there is no one to collect them ?
@ blue harrow 1/4 million not sure where you get that figure!! for a CEO from. No i have not been affected personally by not having a CEO but i do think there does need someone these Cllrs have to answer to instead of running around doing what they please. I also am a Harrow resident that wants what is best for the borough if that means having a new CEO then i am all for it .
@ Harrow Alan how can he put on extra collections if there is no one to collect them ? @ blue harrow 1/4 million not sure where you get that figure!! for a CEO from. No i have not been affected personally by not having a CEO but i do think there does need someone these Cllrs have to answer to instead of running around doing what they please. I also am a Harrow resident that wants what is best for the borough if that means having a new CEO then i am all for it . Elliegirl
  • Score: -2

12:48pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Cllr Susan Hall says...

Information for Elliegirl.

I think Harrow Alan meant that the could have been collected on the following Saturday when staff could have been asked to have come in. It is most unfair that those who have their bins emptied on a Thursday went a week with no collections.

With regard to the 250k plus, that is the cost of the CEO. 190k salary plus pension costs and employment costs. Plus also secretarial costs and general support costs. In truth its a lot more than 250k per year. With regard to the Councillors answering to the Chief Executive it is I am afraid the other way round. The Chief Exec has to make sure the policies of the Councillors is implemented. That is why I did not need a CEO, I was strong enough with my incredible team of Councillors in Cabinet to deal with issues and to save the taxpayers of Harrow money. I was also in the Council 5 days a week and often 12 hours a day. We would much rather have seen that money spent on the front line workers which is exactly where we put money. Into Children's social workers and also front line cleaning staff. It fitted into our agenda of Cleaner, Safer and Fairer. Unfortunately we are no longer in charge of Harrow the Labour party are and they clearly have very different objectives.
Information for Elliegirl. I think Harrow Alan meant that the could have been collected on the following Saturday when staff could have been asked to have come in. It is most unfair that those who have their bins emptied on a Thursday went a week with no collections. With regard to the 250k plus, that is the cost of the CEO. 190k salary plus pension costs and employment costs. Plus also secretarial costs and general support costs. In truth its a lot more than 250k per year. With regard to the Councillors answering to the Chief Executive it is I am afraid the other way round. The Chief Exec has to make sure the policies of the Councillors is implemented. That is why I did not need a CEO, I was strong enough with my incredible team of Councillors in Cabinet to deal with issues and to save the taxpayers of Harrow money. I was also in the Council 5 days a week and often 12 hours a day. We would much rather have seen that money spent on the front line workers which is exactly where we put money. Into Children's social workers and also front line cleaning staff. It fitted into our agenda of Cleaner, Safer and Fairer. Unfortunately we are no longer in charge of Harrow the Labour party are and they clearly have very different objectives. Cllr Susan Hall
  • Score: 3

7:17pm Sun 27 Jul 14

diligaf says...

Why dont we get rid of some of our useless cllrs ... surely that will save a lot of money, I dont know how much they get before im bombarded with replies... just saying I for one am sick of seeing cllrs on here week in week out slagging each other off just like the mp's in the houses of parliment, no wonder the EU looks at us and laughs!
Why dont we get rid of some of our useless cllrs ... surely that will save a lot of money, I dont know how much they get before im bombarded with replies... just saying I for one am sick of seeing cllrs on here week in week out slagging each other off just like the mp's in the houses of parliment, no wonder the EU looks at us and laughs! diligaf
  • Score: 0

2:07pm Mon 28 Jul 14

blueharrow says...

@Ellie girl, I think susan hall has made the point about where my £250k figure comes from.
your comment re the CEO position and who reports to who is worrying. we live in a democracy and I would hope that the councillors who are elected on a manifesto are the ones making the decisions. I would like the councillors to base their work on what they said before elections, unlike labour now introducing a ceo when this isnt what people voted for
@Ellie girl, I think susan hall has made the point about where my £250k figure comes from. your comment re the CEO position and who reports to who is worrying. we live in a democracy and I would hope that the councillors who are elected on a manifesto are the ones making the decisions. I would like the councillors to base their work on what they said before elections, unlike labour now introducing a ceo when this isnt what people voted for blueharrow
  • Score: 2

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