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Council To Cut 1500 Jobs In Somerset

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SCC had £25m with Icesave...http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7662599.stm

I wonder if they got that back?

Over a thousand are going voluntarily (no doubt with hefty final salary pensions)... I remember reading about a chap who was employed at county hall to chart the history of Somerset. He'd been at it for nearly 40 years (and I think he was on roughly £35k a year), and he'd only got through roughly a third of the work...

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Still a lot of staff - what do they all do?

Half of them push pens and shuffle pieces of paper the other half actually do worthwhile and meaningful jobs .......

Edited by grey shark

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Um

two thirds of council owned farms to be sold off.

WTF are they doing owing them in the first place?

tim

getting out beofre single payment scheme ceases in 2012

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Most councils could easily half their work force.

They just have to stop imagining that they have to deal with EVERYTHING.

Just stop doing so much.

Get rid of anything involving the words "outreach" for starters.Stop translating every council document into umpteen languages - other countries do not do this for Brits living abroad, for example. Get rid of jobs involving nannying people or trying to tell them how to live their lives.

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Half of them push pens and shuffle pieces of paper the other half actually do worthwhile and meaningful jobs .......

push and shuffle them back again

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The proposed job losses will reduce the number of council staff from 6,500 to 5,000 over the next three years.

Still a lot of staff - what do they all do?

Half of them sit round a fire burning £5 notes from my business rates and the other half spend their time thinking up ways to make it more difficult for me to run my business. <_<

Edited by man o' the year

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At the newsagent opposite my office building one council dept told them to put in a ramp for disabled access. So they did. Another dept then told them they weren't allowed a ramp and made them knock it down and put steps back. So they did.

Who will do this vital work if we sack council workers? :unsure:

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In Hereford this summer, the Council dug up and tarmaced a flower bed quite literally adjacent to another flower bed so that they could park their vehicle on it when they needed to tend the second flower bed. The locals complained and within three weeks the tarmac was pulled up and the flower bed reinstated. God help us!

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In Hereford this summer, the Council dug up and tarmaced a flower bed quite literally adjacent to another flower bed so that they could park their vehicle on it when they needed to tend the second flower bed. The locals complained and within three weeks the tarmac was pulled up and the flower bed reinstated. God help us!

OK, you win!

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There is a tendency for councils to get above themselves.

It is a consequence of human nature, people's desire to "big up" their job and their importance.

It is a plain fact that most of what local councils do is boring, routine stuff - keeping streets clean, collecting litter, roadworks, car parks, funding local schools, planning enforcement, etc etc.

People go into council jobs as a career, get frustrated at how routine and dull it all is, and then they find ways to increase the council's role because it makes them feel more important, more innovative, etc.

Hence councils always expanding their role, nosing into people's lives, etc.

This tendency needs to be resisted - it won't go away because it is human nature to empire-build.

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Councils can sometimes have a lot of "legacy" spend.

For example, one very deprived London borough back in the 90s discovered it owned a series of holiday chalets and bathing huts on the East Coast and was also paying for a housekeeper and a gardener to tend to the property. The property had been a legacy from the inter-war period when they used to take borough children to the sea-side.

Makes you wonder who actually runs the books for some of these councils.

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Get rid of anything involving the words "outreach" for starters.

Why?

Outreach is actually posh council speak for front line.

They are people who help the disabled, unemployed and homeless and divert youths from a path of crime.

In other words the last people they should be getting rid of, not the first.

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