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    johnhoppy
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    All depts have their budgets cut except 1. The councillors,why aren’t the wards made bigger & have less councillors . Also to save money why doesn’t the council stop paying £300:000 a year for Pcsos. You would be looking at savings of about £800:000 there.

    PCSO’s carry out an useful function, but we seem to be paying for the same service twice. There is already a large portion of our rates allocated to the Police Authority and our Council also pay out a not inconsiderable sum to augment this provision. Double taxation at its best.

    #95784

    wrexview
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    Look out for increased spending when the new councils are created , new signage , logos, header paper, office moves , compatible IT software , identity badges and so the list goes on !

    #95931
    Mrs Crewe
    Mrs Crewe
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    I work for local govt, for years there has been chronic and irresponsible waste of money by the public sector. Councils haemorrhage money with poor procurement, management and unnecessary practices. If they made simple changes to the way the purchased goods and services, improved supervision of staff and adopted a lean approach, there would be no need to cut services. But I guess it’s easier to blame someone else than accept that your actions have caused the difficulties you currently face.

    #95954

    bobo the clown
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    We could save about £3m pa by stopping the unnecessary use of Welsh.

    There. It’s all down to choice.

    #96037

    Katia
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    Programme may be of interest – Don’t Blame The Council about Wigan Council handling cuts.

    ITV Tuesday 23 June 2015 9pm – 10pm

    While available on ITV Player.

    http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week26/dont-blame-council

    #96071
    Alunh
    Alunh
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    I’m about to watch this and hope it’s good. The brief looks interesting and my presumption is that Councils should constantly looking to generate extra income and save waste at all times. Of course, this is not as easy as it sounds and when proposals have come along to close loss making capacity there has been a hoo-hah. Often the loud noise occurs because people sense that creative alternatives have not been tried…..when they should have been. Sometimes, loss (or lack of income) is down to ineffective management and purging this is often difficult in Councils. It seems that Unions in a town like Wrexham can slow down change whilst the frustrating conflict between Council officers and Councillors creates problems. It will be interesting!!!!

    #96081

    Darlofan
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    Programme may be of interest – Don’t Blame The Council about Wigan Council handling cuts.

    ITV Tuesday 23 June 2015 9pm – 10pm

    While available on ITV Player.

    http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week26/dont-blame-council

    Watched it earlier and very surprised Wigan council agreed to that. They have not come out of it well at all. The scheme to reward dog owners for poop scooping was a joke. The binmen need sacking for nog having any common sense. They finish their rounds early, play darts etc or sleep for an hour and a half then moan when bosses want them to do other work in that time.

    Council house tenants too were a disgrace, all the improvements done new bathrooms etc should not be done if houses and gardens are looking like rubbish dumps. Council houses I think should be inspected 3 times a year inside and out and if not looked after then benefits stopped or eviction.

    #96083

    KidA
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    I agree. the binmen obviously have down time which is fine to a degree, but there is no excuse for going home then returning to work to clock out, or sleeping in the lorry. After designsted breaks they should be redeployed.

    These programs always seem to highlight poor work ethics of some where others are totally overworked. The end credits stated that the schemes implemented had saved £5m but with little insight as to how. It didn’t quite live up to its billing as showing the council run as a private company.

    #96095
    Alunh
    Alunh
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    Watching this program might have been eye opening for some. Like the last two contributors, some of the things revealed were almost shocking, not the least the way in which Council workers were obviously used to working before the new initiatives. It seemed strange watching the individual who was designated to bring about change indulging in some of the worst imaginable team leading practices and it was clear that not everyone was buying in to the ethos of change, workers, tenants, dog owners or the public generally.Like KidA, it would have been nice to know where the £5m worth of “Savings” came from.

    For Wrexham, there is much to ponder on. Much work has gone into a plan to develop the town, whilst the Manchester Met has been looking at the town centre regeneration. Is there relevance, even with the background noise of yet another structural reorganisation, of looking at radical approaches to the town and service delivery ? Might, for example, schemes be developed in as many areas as possible, to turn over entities like the Stiwt, the Memorial Hall and the Markets to alternative management entities and for the community to revisit the management of its housing stock.

    #96206

    99DylanJones
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    Does anyone know anyone who works for Wrexham Council who is not fearful of being told that their job role is ‘in scope’ of being abolished?
    The morale seems to be rock bottom with staff and lots being on sick.

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