I think before cuts they should have looked at wasted money and resource. How often do you see them replacing kitchens and bathrooms in vacant house when they had done it within the last two years. Also why are they still fitting kitchens that are not up to new regs and will need changing again in near future.
Providing it’s only at senior management level INCLUDING Councillors. Only in local government do you find managers managing managers, managing managers.
THEY are the ones where the cuts should be deepest.
As an aside, the Planning Department is now known as Community Wellbeing and Development, or at least that is how documents are signed.
Talk about jobs for the boys. Visions of grandeur methinks!
I find it amazing that the Council keep popping up crying about what is in effect a 2% to 3% reduction a year in spend ….but they don’t publish fundamental solutions and get us the community behind them. The accounts show millions £’s spent each year that can be taken out, and not affect the community!
Story on Wrexham.com today: ‘Challenging’ Times Ahead As Budget Cuts Loom | Wrexham.com details some of the ‘projects’ to cut spending including one called ‘Agile’ which is ‘to implement agile working by working through the workforce.. identifying those who can move to mobile working’. Why don’t they simply use the office space they’ve got better. Have a look at Crown buildings for example, the second floor where the court used to be- the whole floor area is now storage space. Why not use it?
The Welsh Assembly want to reduce the number of County Councils from the present twenty-two, by substantially reducing the budget are they in fact forcing Councils to join forces to provide services?
This is already occurring at one level or another and it is obvious why. I suspect that many people can see the logic of the ‘Clwyd’ scenario where there was a rationalisation of the current number of bureaucrats, both Denbigh and Flintshire (as well as Wrexham) being run from one source with one set of employees.
I don’t necessarily want to go back to this but a hybrid of the old and new would make sense with things like payroll being undertaken at a common point. I like decisions to be made locally and it is within the more logistics and implementation side of the Councils that prudence could rule
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