Enfield Council defends £100,000 staff survey

Enfield Council defends £100,000 staff survey
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02.01.2020
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Council bosses have defended a staff survey that cost more than £100,000 after being accused of wasting taxpayers’ money.

Staff working for Enfield Council took part in a survey in 2017 to find out their views on the organisation’s culture.

It was commissioned by the council’s new chief executive, Ian Davis, shortly after he was appointed.

Employees were asked what they thought the authority’s ideal culture should be and how they viewed the current culture, with more than half responding to the survey.

fter recently discovering the exercise came with a £101,000 price tag, Conservative leader Cllr Joanne Laban (Highlands) accused the council of wasting money, which she claimed could have been better spent on services for residents.

Cllr Laban said: “This is another example of the Labour administration wasting taxpayers’ money. The money spent on this survey could have been spent on keeping school crossing patrols or other services.

“The council likes to plead poverty, but the reality is that it is not helped by the choices it makes.”

But council bosses defended the survey, saying it led to the roll-out of new training programmes for staff – ensuring residents benefited from better services.

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