NEGOTIATIONS ARE A ROLLERCOASTER
I wasn’t sure whether to even do a report this week after the overreaction from many readers last week.
OMG they haven’t agreed comparators! Strike!
Sorry, but this was ridiculous. We are truncating into 6 weeks what was intended to cover months. It’s not easy - and that goes for both sides. The longer it goes on the bigger the problems will get as we get to the most difficult and contentious issues. After last weeks reaction I don’t think it’s helpful to you or me or the process to set out the current agreements or disagreements.
Everyone is working in good faith to try and bridge gaps.
I think,with only 2 weeks to go, getting an agreement in time is increasingly challenging.
I need to repeat there will NOT be offers in December. We might be able to agree a framework but even if that happens there will have to be masses of work on data and individual cases before real offers can be sent. And offers will not be sent before March 19 and payment not before April. That is not a commitment to those dates. Those are the earliest targets. The council made commitments it might not be able to meet, I’m not making the same mistake.
And that’s if we get a framework b4 Xmas. There remains a real prospect of No Deal. Nobody wants that but it cannot be ruled out.
BUT We are making progress although there are major areas of dispute. This is as you would expect. No one is drawing red lines or threatening to walk away.
We all have our homework and we are back to the fray next Tuesday.
That’s about the best I can say at this stage.
One last thought. United We Stand. Let’s not sow division amongst ourselves.