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Offender monitoring under threat as new IT programme crashes

Ministers were attacked for hiring consultants to develop the packs who had a financial interest in a company involved in the scheme.

An influential watchdog will today question the value of the government's £45bn programme to replace or refurbish all 3,400 secondary schools in England by 2020.

Four in 10 children in England are leaving primary school without having reached expected levels in all the three Rs, test results revealed yesterday.

A pensioner has been told she must stop tending a public flower bed unless she agrees to wear a fluorescent jacket, put up warning signs and use a lookout......Peter Hanson, from Wiltshire County Council, said: "We require that people undertaking this type of work follow the same safety procedures as our own staff.

Golden Trough Award

Chief Executive

5 BOROUGHS PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST

circa £125,000

The 5 boroughs Partnership is a specialist Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Trust. Following the departure of their previous Chief Executive, an exciting opportunity has arisen to drive this progressive organisation forward.

Silver Trough Award

Chief Executive

SURREY HEATH BOROUGH COUNCIL

Surrey

£106k + Excelllent Benefits

Prosperous, safe, stable. Anything but sleepy. The casual observer might consider Surrey Heath to have it made; and indeed, our circumstances would be the envy of many authorities. With low unemployment, safe communities, an affluent and mobile population, and steadily improving organisational performance, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved over the past decade. But success brings its own challenges. Our discerning residents have plenty of other shopping and leisure alternatives within easy reach. High house prices make it hard for keyworkers to move to the borough. And as a small but environmentally rich area, we are disproportionately affected by national and regional issues such as congestion, transport and development. So the objective is to maintain what’s special today, while securing the very best for tomorrow. We want to keep Surrey Heath a pleasant place to be, with a healthy and robust economy. At the same time, we’re listening to our community, shaping a place we can all be proud of, and delivering services more efficiently and effectively.

Most pointless job of the week

Head of Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

£55,000 to £61,000 pa

You will need a thorough understanding of the safer neighbourhoods agenda and a proven track record of developing partnership working.

Other Tax abusers

Chief Executive

NORTHERN DESIGN COLLECTIVE

Surrey

up to £106k plus benefits

As a serving Chief Executive or Corporate Director, with an unusually broad portfolio and significant local government experience, you'll be able to turn policy into tangible progress towards our objectives.

Chief Executive

OADBY & WIGSTON BC

Leicestershire

Salary Package in excess of £100,000

It’s an exciting time here at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, we’re embarking on a programme of development that’ll see our name become very big indeed.

Head of Assessment

AUDIT COMMISSION

c. £100k plus benefits

As Head of Assessment in the Southern Region, you'll take the reigns in a strategic capacity, championing improvement and facilitating change internally and externally.

Head of Delivery

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

Essex

£80,000 - £100,000 plus bonus opportunities

We are looking for an experienced, forward thinking individual to drive delivery, apply business acumen to evaluate projects and Council activities and to be instrumental...

Director of Finance & Performance

West London

up to £100k

You will provide the corporate leadership to an organisation that has embraced the lessons learnt from the Fitness for Purpose review, and has the confidence that comes from successfully tackling financial turnaround.

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That ruddy pensioner deserves everthing she gets!

Imagine it, there you are an innocent stinging nettle, no harm to anyone.

You having a nice relaxed day enjoying the sun and photosynthising some of that excess CO2 the foolish humans have poisoned the planet with, you know just doing your bit.

THEN, the Old Codger of Hades appears wielding the Trowel of Doom and you are mercilessly hacked to death.

Prison's too good for her, but they're all full of more of these militant council tax refusing to pay oldies!

I'm seriously I hate all the "pretty" smelly rubbish like roses and tulips, flaunting their sexual organs to the world!

I like stinging nettles,"weeds" , oh, and Venus fly traps, they are well cool innit!

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That ruddy pensioner deserves everthing she gets!

Imagine it, there you are an innocent stinging nettle, no harm to anyone.

You having a nice relaxed day enjoying the sun and photosynthising some of that excess CO2 the foolish humans have poisoned the planet with, you know just doing your bit.

THEN, the Old Codger of Hades appears wielding the Trowel of Doom and you are mercilessly hacked to death.

Prison's too good for her, but they're all full of more of these militant council tax refusing to pay oldies!

I'm seriously I hate all the "pretty" smelly rubbish like roses and tulips, flaunting their sexual organs to the world!

I like stinging nettles,"weeds" , oh, and Venus fly traps, they are well cool innit!

Nettles??!!!!! I hope she has carried out a risk assessment.

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yep CO2 is the strangest pollutant ever.

Without it every plant on the planet would starve.

Some might even say that the 0.01% rise in CO2 in the planets atmosphere isn't anything deserving of multi billions in study grants, but then I'm not a grant funded scientist.

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...Following the departure of their previous Chief Executive...

ie the last one left having phucked things into a cocked hat, trousering a golden wheelbarrow of cash in the process, and after things have blown over a little will shortly be taken on at another trust to do the same

Why do we let this corruption persist? Revolution ASAP!!

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yep CO2 is the strangest pollutant ever.

Without it every plant on the planet would starve.

Some might even say that the 0.01% rise in CO2 in the planets atmosphere isn't anything deserving of multi billions in study grants, but then I'm not a grant funded scientist.

hadn't seen that stat before - could you point me to the source? TIA.

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How they spend our taxes

Offender monitoring under threat as new IT programme crashes

Ministers were attacked for hiring consultants to develop the packs who had a financial interest in a company involved in the scheme.

An influential watchdog will today question the value of the government's £45bn programme to replace or refurbish all 3,400 secondary schools in England by 2020.

Four in 10 children in England are leaving primary school without having reached expected levels in all the three Rs, test results revealed yesterday.

A pensioner has been told she must stop tending a public flower bed unless she agrees to wear a fluorescent jacket, put up warning signs and use a lookout......Peter Hanson, from Wiltshire County Council, said: "We require that people undertaking this type of work follow the same safety procedures as our own staff.

Golden Trough Award

What exactly is a Robber Button?

Chief Executive

5 BOROUGHS PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST

circa £125,000

The 5 boroughs Partnership is a specialist Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Trust. Following the departure of their previous Chief Executive, an exciting opportunity has arisen to drive this progressive organisation forward.

Silver Trough Award

Chief Executive

SURREY HEATH BOROUGH COUNCIL

Surrey

£106k + Excelllent Benefits

Prosperous, safe, stable. Anything but sleepy. The casual observer might consider Surrey Heath to have it made; and indeed, our circumstances would be the envy of many authorities. With low unemployment, safe communities, an affluent and mobile population, and steadily improving organisational performance, we’re proud of what we’ve achieved over the past decade. But success brings its own challenges. Our discerning residents have plenty of other shopping and leisure alternatives within easy reach. High house prices make it hard for keyworkers to move to the borough. And as a small but environmentally rich area, we are disproportionately affected by national and regional issues such as congestion, transport and development. So the objective is to maintain what’s special today, while securing the very best for tomorrow. We want to keep Surrey Heath a pleasant place to be, with a healthy and robust economy. At the same time, we’re listening to our community, shaping a place we can all be proud of, and delivering services more efficiently and effectively.

Most pointless job of the week

Head of Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNCIL

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

£55,000 to £61,000 pa

You will need a thorough understanding of the safer neighbourhoods agenda and a proven track record of developing partnership working.

Other Tax abusers

Chief Executive

NORTHERN DESIGN COLLECTIVE

Surrey

up to £106k plus benefits

As a serving Chief Executive or Corporate Director, with an unusually broad portfolio and significant local government experience, you'll be able to turn policy into tangible progress towards our objectives.

Chief Executive

OADBY & WIGSTON BC

Leicestershire

Salary Package in excess of £100,000

It’s an exciting time here at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, we’re embarking on a programme of development that’ll see our name become very big indeed.

Head of Assessment

AUDIT COMMISSION

c. £100k plus benefits

As Head of Assessment in the Southern Region, you'll take the reigns in a strategic capacity, championing improvement and facilitating change internally and externally.

Head of Delivery

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

Essex

£80,000 - £100,000 plus bonus opportunities

We are looking for an experienced, forward thinking individual to drive delivery, apply business acumen to evaluate projects and Council activities and to be instrumental...

Director of Finance & Performance

West London

up to £100k

You will provide the corporate leadership to an organisation that has embraced the lessons learnt from the Fitness for Purpose review, and has the confidence that comes from successfully tackling financial turnaround.

What is a Robber Button then?

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That ruddy pensioner deserves everthing she gets!

Imagine it, there you are an innocent stinging nettle, no harm to anyone.

You having a nice relaxed day enjoying the sun and photosynthising some of that excess CO2 the foolish humans have poisoned the planet with, you know just doing your bit.

THEN, the Old Codger of Hades appears wielding the Trowel of Doom and you are mercilessly hacked to death.

Prison's too good for her, but they're all full of more of these militant council tax refusing to pay oldies!

I'm seriously I hate all the "pretty" smelly rubbish like roses and tulips, flaunting their sexual organs to the world!

I like stinging nettles,"weeds" , oh, and Venus fly traps, they are well cool innit!

:D Fantastic if ever I have heard of anon-job it is a lookout for a Gardner. That must get mighty boring!!

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That ruddy pensioner deserves everthing she gets!

Next week in a neighbouring council...

"FRAIL OLD WOMAN DIES GARDENING NEAR ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT: WE ASK 'WHY DIDN'T COUNCIL ACT?'"

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Next week in a neighbouring council...

"FRAIL OLD WOMAN DIES GARDENING NEAR ACCIDENT BLACKSPOT: WE ASK 'WHY DIDN'T COUNCIL ACT?'"

Only the nannys, control freaks and busy bodies will ask questions like that. In life there is risk.

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Councils (and the bodies they run):

educate our kids

care for our old people

care for the disabled

clean our streets

provide housing for low income earners

collect our rubbish

provide parks, leisure centres and swimming pools at accessible prices

help keep our streets safe

provide much of our public transport system

mend our roads etc etc

Nothing important of course so we don't need good quality appropriately paid competent people to work for them?

Cut a few deals in the City and earn 10 times as much - absolutely fine.

In the end what's more important for society?

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Councils (and the bodies they run):

educate our kids

care for our old people

care for the disabled

clean our streets

provide housing for low income earners

collect our rubbish

provide parks, leisure centres and swimming pools at accessible prices

help keep our streets safe

provide much of our public transport system

mend our roads etc etc

Nothing important of course so we don't need good quality appropriately paid competent people to work for them?

Er, what's important for society is that we pay a living wage to the people who actually get off their bums and do the exact things you listed, instead of handing ridiculous six-figure amounts on a plate to the lick-arses who do the woolly, scarcely definable "management" and "diversity/aren't we all so very racist/sexist" stuff.

The difference between the private sector and the public sector is this little thing called "accountability". I mean, look at this:

Head of Assessment

AUDIT COMMISSION

c. £100k plus benefits

As Head of Assessment in the Southern Region, you'll take the reigns in a strategic capacity, championing improvement and facilitating change internally and externally.

Ri-ight... what is this person actually going to do for his/her £100k - bearing in mind that £100k is hardly peanuts, it's in something like the top 0.1% of salaries?

You see, it's easy to recruit for this kind of position when your captive audience is forced to fund your frivolity on pain of imprisonment.

Cut a few deals in the City and earn 10 times as much - absolutely fine.

In the end what's more important for society?

Er, yeah, and get your fanny out on Big Brother, or do a drug deal, and earn 1000 times as much. What does this have to do with public sector wages exactly?

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Head of Safer Neighbourhoods Partnership

How is the success (or otherwise) of this role going to be measured?

What is a Robber Button then?

I'm not sure, but the Prince and the Porpoise might know. ;)

Only the nannys, control freaks and busy bodies will ask questions like that. In life there is risk.

In real life there is risk. In the crazy world of 21st century Britain, that risk may involve an ambulance chasing lawsuit by a soulless piece of lickspittle trash who should have been drowned at birth (I think the technical term is "lawyer").

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Councils (and the bodies they run):

educate our kids

care for our old people

care for the disabled

clean our streets

provide housing for low income earners

collect our rubbish

provide parks, leisure centres and swimming pools at accessible prices

help keep our streets safe

provide much of our public transport system

mend our roads etc etc

Nothing important of course so we don't need good quality appropriately paid competent people to work for them?

Cut a few deals in the City and earn 10 times as much - absolutely fine.

In the end what's more important for society?

A tax abuser speaks out. What a load of tosh.

(1) Councils do not educate children. Schools educate children. If councils stopped plundering the education budgets and interfering, schools would be vastly better off.

(2) Councils are increasingly grabbing the homes and assets of old people in return for care. This is starting to look like exploitation. There have also been some notable examples of abuse in council run/sponsored care homes.

(3) Councils provide some services to the disabled. On radio 4, I heard an account of how Councils assess people for help. By all accounts it is a deeply degrading process and the help offered at the end is parsimonious to say the least.

(4) Councils do clean our streets but this is hardly a difficult or demanding role.

(5) Councils do not provide housing for low income earners. Tax payers provide this housing in the form of subsidies (and these are usually administered by private companies).

(6) Councils collect our rubbish. Don't get me started. Our rubbish collection once every 2 weeks. If we miss a collection, we have rotting food sitting outside our back doors for whole month. In Hungary, they have two collections a week.

(7) Councils provide parks, leisure centres and swimming pools at accessible prices. Many Council run amenities like leisure centres are comparable in price with private ones. Where have all the public WCs gone?

(8) Councils do not keep our streets safe. That is the job of the police.

(9) What do you mean councils provide public transport? We have a privatised train system which is one of the most expensive in the world. We have private busses which never go where one needs. The only contribution that Councils have made to public transport is to implement a beauracratic licensing scheme which has made taxis prohibitively expensive.

(10) Councils do mend roads but we pay dearly for this service.

There are important and worthwhile roles for councils. I would be the first to acknowledge this. Unfortunately an increasing number of them no longer perform any sort of useful funcition and somewhere along the line they seem to have forgotten that they are our sevants.

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How is the success (or otherwise) of this role going to be measured?

If you're interested, the usual three quantitative measures would be the rate of crime, the amount of crime that gets solved, and the level of fear people express about crime. Qualitatively, it would be feedback from the groups they would be in charge of co-ordinating - police, fire, community support, council anti-crime staff, and neighbourhood watch. In practice, it would probably be the sayso of the elected politician in charge of community safety at the council, the chief constable, and the chair of the local police authority.

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If you're interested, the usual three quantitative measures would be the rate of crime, the amount of crime that gets solved, and the level of fear people express about crime. Qualitatively, it would be feedback from the groups they would be in charge of co-ordinating - police, fire, community support, council anti-crime staff, and neighbourhood watch. In practice, it would probably be the sayso of the elected politician in charge of community safety at the council, the chief constable, and the chair of the local police authority.

Crime statistics are becoming hard to follow. Many acts of theft (which are clearly criminal acts) have been down graded to misdemeanors. On the other hand things like racist comments (which are generally not criminal acts) have been reclassified as criminal offences (this does not in any way condone such behaviour). Asbos have also become a route to imposing a criminal sanction for a non-criminal act.

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