Coun. Mike Nickel thinks too much money from not-for-profit and aid agencies is being wasted, handling paper work. City councillors did an annual review of the community services advisory board, and heard that some groups are getting bogged down in audits.
“I’d rather have the money on the front line rather than working on paper work and compliance,” said Nickel when he suggested that the city administration come up with some terms of reference to present to the Trudeau Liberals. Nickel says he got some buy in from the Harper Conservatives two years ago, “to provide money so we can hire some accountants to help these organizations with their back end accounting. I’d rather have them doing their job than working on compliance issues.”
“When your the executive director dealing with a a homelessness issue, the last thing on your mind unfortunately needs to be filling out all of this red tape,” Nickel said after Monday’s community services committee meeting. “It’s just efficiency. By reducing red tape, providing capacity with in the system to help them with those back end compliance issues, just drives better efficiency.”
“We have a lot of groups out there on the street doing good work, but the compliance and the paper work and the red tape to get the money, I’ve heard from many groups is a serious serious burden.”