I'm maybe thick but what obligation does the SIC have to keep paying the rent? Surely as landlords SLAP are breaching the tenancy agreement by not providing a suitable building in a good state of repair.
I hope the legal eagles no doubt on a hefty wedge themselves have a way of getting that money returned in the future.
To think of care homes & schools having their budgets slashed, to chuck £536,000 away is nothing short of sickening.
As to the new AHS it was certainly thrown up in a rush so lets hope it doesn't start falling apart bit by bit in the years to come.
Think you might find it's the council's own legal services department who overseen this lease agreement that now leaves them in this predicament without a leg to stand on, unless of course SLAP is feeling charitable! Another classic case of SIC management incompetence, More Turkey than Eagle I’m afraid! Certainly in the IQ department anyway, would be nice for once for someone to take some responsibility for their actions!
You get what you pay for I'm afraid, like in all public services. Lawyers etc in the real world are paid on productivity and results, so only the lazy and incompetent are content to churn out the mind-numbingly mundane tat a pubic body generates day after day, for a flat rate salary which they'll get regardless, even if they do nothing productive or worthwhile at all.
The few half decent ones public bodies manage to recruit early in their careers soon get sick of it, or get driven out by brain dead anal types senior to them, and move on to work in the private sector.
Whatever you think of privatization, there's much to be said for public bodies hiring in professional services from the private sector, who are hired, paid and fired according to competence and productivity only, rather than relying on an in house team the ruling core of which are inevitably the incompetent, unambitious deadbeats of their profession.