Cllr Bassam Mahfouz demonstrates what a lightweight he is in this tweet.
The councilâ€™s executive bonus scheme, called the Leadership Incentive Programme (LIP), and notionally worth Â£366K, was inherited from the old Labour administration by the new Tory administration in 2006 and largely left alone. We had work to do in our time in office and demotivating the top team wasnâ€™t really on our agenda. We did toughen the criteria for achieving the bonus. Either Mahfouz is a liar or he doesnâ€™t know his facts. I am not sure which is the worst sin. At least if he is a liar you would credit him with some animal cunning.
Labour are pleased with themselves for eliminating the scheme in the last budget round. Â£366K in Â£85 million does not amount to much. The real strategic challenge for the Labour administration is to change its terms of trade with its own labour force â€“ this is worth up to Â£30 million, see here. I described how out of step the councilâ€™s Ts & Cs are with the those enjoyed by the private sector. Councils such as Southampton and Shropshire have gone to the wire to renegotiate Ts and Cs with their workforces. We have heard nothing from Labour in Ealing.
A real player, which Mahfouz ainâ€™t, would have kept the LIP and a decent cut in councillorsâ€™ allowances as chips in the negotiation with the unions on significantly changing Ts and Cs. Labour are constrained by their own backbenchers who will not tolerate a cut in allowances and their close ties to the local government unions.
Children. Unfortunately the children are in charge so we will lose services whilst council staff (wo)manfully work their 35 hour weeks.