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The Council should deal with that

Written by Glen Ocsko on . Posted in Our blog

I’m going to make my first members inquiry to the Council! I want the pigeons off my veranda!

This is the tweet that I recently saw, sent by a resident who by the sounds of it is then going to make a Members Enquiry to demand that the Council gets pigeons off of their veranda.

On what planet do they live.

I could be doing them a disservice here: it could very well be that the Council is directly responsible for strategically placing pigeons around the borough, and has determined that their veranda is a prime spot to place some.  These might also be trained pigeons, who stay where they are put rather than fly around like vermin with wings.

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The abolition of the Audit Commission

Written by Glen Ocsko on . Posted in Our blog

It was announced on Friday that the Government wanted to abolish theAudit Commission.

Many in Local Government were outraged; some argued that the Audit Commission was already a lean organisation that was delivering a very efficient service (Heather Wakefield from Unison); others argued that the Audit Commission provided a public sector audit service which would be impossible to achieve in the private sector; and the Chairman of the Audit Commission pointed out that it had “more than fulfilled” the goals set out for it.

I did not shed a tear. The Audit Commission had become a tool of terror wielded by overweening central Government against supposedly recalcitrant local authorities. However, that was not all it did. The AC developed policy, lobbied the Government on behalf of local Government, produced best practice guides and Value for Money tools, audited performance and effectiveness as well as accounts and developed funky websites that no-one would read (see oneplace).

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Are the kids alright?

Written by Glen Ocsko on . Posted in Our blog

Lazy, good for nothing time wasters.  No, this isn’t a deserved rant against the England football team, it is paraphrasing the message delivered recently which discussed the productivity of local authority workers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11034769)

To quote directly:  “Junior staff in local authorities are, on average, productive only 32% of the time during working hours.”  It said this compares with an average of 44% in the private sector, the argument being therefore that we could shed 500,000 jobs and see no difference in service delivery.

I know, I know – you will no doubt point to our very own site, whichlooked at a number of different ways of wasting time– and you would not be 100% wrong to do so.  However, that article was actually some general advice offered to any and all who work in a large office, a category that whilst local government workers certainly fit in, I would also argue that many private sector workers do too.