Straight talking about Liverpool Direct Limited
Yesterday I sat through a couple of hours of the Liverpool Direct Limited (LDL) scrutiny panel to hear the result of the council's negotiations with BT to get a better deal.
It is not often that you hear straight talking like the words that came from Nathan Marsh, Liverpool director of consultants Ernst and Young, at a council meeting.
Mr Marsh and two of his colleagues recommended the council to renegotiate a better deal with BT rather than cancel the contract, because there were too many unknowns and it was too complex and expensive to get out of.
You can read the full story HERE.
Mr Marsh told the council: "You need to build capability within the council. What you have to do is make sure the next six years are better than the last 10.
"The external perception can be improved.
"It might be prudent to do some work towards what you do in 2017, take the initiative rather than chasing the initiative.
"The council needs to build capability around managing contracts and suppliers."
He said the council needed a performance agreement that was updated at least twice a year.
"You need a specific individual running this, or a single point of contact. Someone at the centre of it with deep expertise where basically the buck stops.
"Make sure it is tightly governed."
Critics of LDL have been saying this for years. Council leader Joe Anderson says that things will be different from now on. Let's hope so. As I said in today's Daily Post there is no point paying for advice if you don't take it, and finally responsibility really cannot be outsourced.