Kevan Lim who was a Labour county councillor in Suffolk until 2009 is writing his blog again, after a few months off, and is strong voice. In a detailed post headed Is BT ripping off Suffolk? he goes through the history or procurement and scrutiny arrangements (or current lack of them) before concluding:
The County Council is about to start the biggest divestment of services in its history under the New Strategic Direction policy. Such a change will require greater control of contracts not less. The more external providers of services you have the greater the need to be regularly reviewing their services and making sure you are getting value for money.
The banking crisis was a perfect example of the National failure of regulation and scrutiny. Now the County Council is creating its own Suffolk Banking crisis.
As things stand the current County Council appears incapable of managing its external providers and that is a scary thought whilst the current leadership of the County Council remain which may cost us all.
It is worth reading it all to see how he reaches this conclusion.