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Council planning to axe up to 1,600 jobs has splashed out £111m on new luxury offices By Gerri Peev
Last updated at 5:16 PM on 15th December 2010
Comments (17) Add to My Stories A council in one of the country’s poorest boroughs has splashed out £111 million on an office block that resembles a West End nightclub as it prepares to axe hundreds of jobs.
Labour-controlled Newham Council - in London’s gritty East End - lavished almost £10,000 on just five designer lights in its plush new offices.
The local authority – which gets £100 million more than the average London council to fight deprivation – squandered the entire amount on an office block, called Building 1000.

Criminal IMO. How much trouser lining must be going on in local councils--especially the builders they employ etc. I bet the graft would be toe curling. And what's worse is that no one will do anything about it. Banksters, local councillors, MPs--- what a crew, they would make Tony Soprano blush.

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Wait till the GP's get control of the budget- a massive boom in new surgery building and renovation while a new regime of 'self help' is brought in to persuade patients that their conditions are largely a state of mind that can be best treated with doses of positive thinking and a few days in bed.

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Council planning to axe up to 1,600 jobs has splashed out £111m on new luxury offices By Gerri Peev
Last updated at 5:16 PM on 15th December 2010
Comments (17) Add to My Stories A council in one of the country's poorest boroughs has splashed out £111 million on an office block that resembles a West End nightclub as it prepares to axe hundreds of jobs.
Labour-controlled Newham Council - in London's gritty East End - lavished almost £10,000 on just five designer lights in its plush new offices.
The local authority – which gets £100 million more than the average London council to fight deprivation – squandered the entire amount on an office block, called Building 1000.

Criminal IMO. How much trouser lining must be going on in local councils--especially the builders they employ etc. I bet the graft would be toe curling. And what's worse is that no one will do anything about it. Banksters, local councillors, MPs--- what a crew, they would make Tony Soprano blush.

Newham took over a lavish office development on the Royal Docks a while back. Opposite City Airport. No private tenants could be find and they stood empty for a while. In fact you quite often used to see the Newham block on Spooks as it was used for the (fictional) base of the FSB, Russian Secret Service.

Edited by Sir John Steed

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338804/Council-planning-axe-1-600-jobs-splash-111m-new-luxury-offices.html

Council planning to axe up to 1,600 jobs has splashed out £111m on new luxury offices By Gerri Peev
Last updated at 5:16 PM on 15th December 2010
Comments (17) Add to My Stories A council in one of the country’s poorest boroughs has splashed out £111 million on an office block that resembles a West End nightclub as it prepares to axe hundreds of jobs.
Labour-controlled Newham Council - in London’s gritty East End - lavished almost £10,000 on just five designer lights in its plush new offices.
The local authority – which gets £100 million more than the average London council to fight deprivation – squandered the entire amount on an office block, called Building 1000.

Criminal IMO. How much trouser lining must be going on in local councils--especially the builders they employ etc. I bet the graft would be toe curling. And what's worse is that no one will do anything about it. Banksters, local councillors, MPs--- what a crew, they would make Tony Soprano blush.

I don't think that you can draw a ink between job cuts and the new offices.

The offices were commited to long before they knew that they were going to have to spend less

tim

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A Newham Council spokesman said: 'Moving from 26 different locations to one at Newham Dockside will already have saved us £12million by next March as part of a £68million savings package over three years.

'This council expects to save almost £140 million in total by the end of 2014.

So moving to one modern, centralised location will help them save 140% of the capital investment in 3 - 4 years.

Sounds like a sensible policy of consolidation to me.

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Wait till the GP's get control of the budget- a massive boom in new surgery building and renovation while a new regime of 'self help' is brought in to persuade patients that their conditions are largely a state of mind that can be best treated with doses of positive thinking and a few days in bed.

A lot has been made of this GP budget control idea. In reality, the changes will be far less dramatic than you might think:

Present situation:

Primary care trusts hold the budget and determine allocations of funding

PCTs employ lots of managers, back-office people, statisticians, accountants, etc.

However, funding and planning decisions are made by panels of GPs, with the other staff playing a supporting role.

New situation:

PCTs abolished.

GP panels will make funding and planning decisions, supported by appropriate staff.

So, what's different? Nothing really. GP panels make the decisions, just as before. The only difference is that the managerial hierarchy has been stripped away and a load of pen-pushers have been culled. It's a very clever ploy by the coalition to make a load of bureaucrats redundant but keep the actual functional staff in place.

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I don't think that you can draw a ink between job cuts and the new offices.

The offices were commited to long before they knew that they were going to have to spend less

tim

Oh mate, you would not be so sympathetic towards local councils had you ever experienced my local council, TDC ;)

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It was chandeliers in the reception area, apparently Newham have borrowed half a billion from outside the government. Probably secured on their housing portfolio

The total cost of the five chandeliers which are located in the Reception and Business Centre area (of Building 1000 A.K.A.Newham Dockside) was £9268.95 = £1853.79 each

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Wait till the GP's get control of the budget- a massive boom in new surgery building and renovation while a new regime of 'self help' is brought in to persuade patients that their conditions are largely a state of mind that can be best treated with doses of positive thinking and a few days in bed.

Sounds like a good idea to me. Have you seen the waiting room at your doctors? Mine is filled with professional malingerers with notes the size of the phone book.

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It was chandeliers in the reception area, apparently Newham have borrowed half a billion from outside the government. Probably secured on their housing portfolio

The last legal Brazillian Rosewood desks for the 6 figure salary wallers, all 178 of 'em no doubt.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338804/Council-planning-axe-1-600-jobs-splash-111m-new-luxury-offices.html

Council planning to axe up to 1,600 jobs has splashed out £111m on new luxury offices By Gerri Peev
Last updated at 5:16 PM on 15th December 2010
Comments (17) Add to My Stories A council in one of the country’s poorest boroughs has splashed out £111 million on an office block that resembles a West End nightclub as it prepares to axe hundreds of jobs.
Labour-controlled Newham Council - in London’s gritty East End - lavished almost £10,000 on just five designer lights in its plush new offices.
The local authority – which gets £100 million more than the average London council to fight deprivation – squandered the entire amount on an office block, called Building 1000.

Criminal IMO. How much trouser lining must be going on in local councils--especially the builders they employ etc. I bet the graft would be toe curling. And what's worse is that no one will do anything about it. Banksters, local councillors, MPs--- what a crew, they would make Tony Soprano blush.

Criminal indeed. As a matter of interest, or sociological enquiry it would be nice to debate when ethics collapsed in British public life. I would probably kick off by saying some point in the 1990s. I don't think anyone would that this hasn't happened.

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Criminal IMO. How much trouser lining must be going on in local councils--especially the builders they employ etc. I bet the graft would be toe curling. And what's worse is that no one will do anything about it. Banksters, local councillors, MPs--- what a crew, they would make Tony Soprano blush.

Newham having the highest unemployment and the indigenous population are now the minority, public service jobs in the past have been created by that council on a large scale. You could probably treble that figure for redundancies. They were favoured with very large Government grants by the previous Government, so in fact they took money from me in the paltry grant given to my Council. ;)

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Champaign socialism by the sounds of it - only it's never been publicised before obviously. Expect to hear of more of the same before the leeches are finally rooted out of the system for good.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338804/Council-planning-axe-1-600-jobs-splash-111m-new-luxury-offices.html

Council planning to axe up to 1,600 jobs has splashed out £111m on new luxury offices By Gerri Peev
Last updated at 5:16 PM on 15th December 2010
Comments (17) Add to My Stories A council in one of the country’s poorest boroughs has splashed out £111 million on an office block that resembles a West End nightclub as it prepares to axe hundreds of jobs.
Labour-controlled Newham Council - in London’s gritty East End - lavished almost £10,000 on just five designer lights in its plush new offices.
The local authority – which gets £100 million more than the average London council to fight deprivation – squandered the entire amount on an office block, called Building 1000.

Criminal IMO. How much trouser lining must be going on in local councils--especially the builders they employ etc. I bet the graft would be toe curling. And what's worse is that no one will do anything about it. Banksters, local councillors, MPs--- what a crew, they would make Tony Soprano blush.

...are you surprised ...it's Labour.... :rolleyes:

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whilst I'm in favour of slating the local councils for wasting taxpayers money, this piece of reporting isn't factually correct. As many have pointed out here, Newham council moved into this office block well before these cuts were announced, and prior to that the blocks were vacant since being built.

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I actually liked Newham as a place to live - but the council tax was extortionate. Paid double what I currently am - and somehow a 1 BR flat in a grotty area like Manor Park is classfied as Band B (which begs the question what kind of accomodation would count as Band A - a dog kennel?)

I don't know enough about this building - but there were some incredible wastes of money. I remember going to the park one day to find council peeps giving out fruit as some kind of health initative. I saw one woman practically empty the lot into her shopping trolley. I wouldn't mind but Newham is one of cheapest places in the country to buy fruit and veg. I often used to come away from Queens Market with around 30 apples for a quid. Whatever your level of income - there's absolutely no reason why you can't eat well in Newham as local shops are generally dirt cheap and places like Farm Foods (the frozen food equivalent of Poundland) abound.

I was also disappointed by what they were doing to the libraries. Beautiful old buildings being mothballed and replaced by learning centres where the computers outnumbered the books (and always booked up by kids playing games). Apparently pioneered by nearby Tower Hamlets it was spreading to Newham.

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Newham took over a lavish office development on the Royal Docks a while back. Opposite City Airport. No private tenants could be find and they stood empty for a while. In fact you quite often used to see the Newham block on Spooks as it was used for the (fictional) base of the FSB, Russian Secret Service.

Here it is. You go past it on the way to Yi Ban (dockside chinese restaurant).

It was empty for years before the council took it over.

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