The Veolia Contract

  • I am concerned about three things to do with this contract. One is the budget. The conservative Borough Council is proposing to spend £6 million pounds more in the first year of the contract. This is £12 million pounds! On a revenue budget of £28 million! This is likely to bankrupt the authority and divert funds from other essential services. The authority is proposing to spend £3.4 million pounds more, year on year. This is £10.34 million a year plus inflation. This is over a third of our revenue budget.  Over 10 years the cost to the public purse will be in excess of £116 million pounds. This is not sustainable and is not value for money.
  • My second concern is the chosen bidder. Veolia does not have a good reputation in the town for its commercial waste collection. But also – it is a French based company which means profits will be taken out of the town.
  • In my book a good contract is value for money. A good contract has good outcomes- a clean and tidy town. A good contract should contribute to the regeneration of the town by paying good wages to local staff and keeping profits in the town.

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