Monday, November 1, 2010

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Stockport council facing £78m cuts in four years

The town hall is the last local authority in Greater Manchester to spell out the impact of savage government cuts. Council chiefs will have to find £20m savings in one year alone. But they have declined to say exactly where the axe will fall. The scale of the cutbacks were revealed in a report going to the council’s executive committee tonight.

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  • pretty much my experience working for a bank a few years back…..lazy employee power…pc…correctness and obsession with ethnicity profile….anyone pregnant could pretty much do what they liked and if employees came in late,the manager was often quizzed as if it was his fault

    sad times

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  • Yes, funny how jobs have become focussed more on the way you do something as opposed to what you do. No-one is really that interested in just doing a good job.

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  • Probably explains why our bin collection has just moved to a fortnighly for normal domestic waste. We’ve also just had a load of new recycling bins delivered to all houses … snip snip snip!

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  • little professor says:

    Chief exec got a 9% pay rise last year. Obviously he must be doing a fantastic job of running the council to warrant awarding himself such a hefty raise when the average worker is having their pay frozen or cut in real terms.

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  • Yes, it’s gone up quite a lot – in a short space of time too.

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  • There are a number of posters on this site who have extrapolated the idea of allowing the housing market to function with less governmental interference to the point that they think that any stories related to the rolling back of the state are relevant. They are not. This is a site about housing markets; they are plenty of others focussed upon local government and public services.

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  • that’s alot of money for the area…£50-£54,000 I doubt many in the private sector earn anywhere near that

    astonishing the number increased 2009/2010

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  • Reckon a lot of people round Stockport would give their eye teeth for jobs that paid that much – all on a 35 h week with a gold plated pension too.

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  • If you look up a company called SOLACE you will find they are a consultancy that advises local authorities on, amongst other things, executives salaries. For example they will go into Sunderland and report that, generally, similar jobs earn 10% more in Sheffield, thus creating a never ending round of catch-up.

    SOLACE are wholly owned by the Society of Local Authority Council Executives. Their consultants generally come from the organisation’s ranks as they retire early on fat pensions and then undertake the odd project now and again.

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  • history says life is never that easy…………..I doubt its different this time.

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  • The comment “The main functions of a Council must always remain: protection of vulnerable people; collection of waste; planning regulation’; licensing regulation; schools; council tax collection; etc.” sums up a council’s responsibilities exactly.

    The politically correct non jobs that have proliferated over the last 10 to 15 years have nothing to do with council functions, first and last it’s gesture politics similar to the half witted ideas of “nuclear free” boroughs and counties back in the 1970’s and 80’s.

    I could always see Brezhnev with his finger on the nuclear button in a crisis telling his subordinates not to nuke West Yorkshire.

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