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calendar   Wednesday - July 29, 2009

Local Councils in England getting out of hand? A spark of hope…

Maybe BUT ....

First .. H/T to BMEWS ArgentiumTiger, who gave me a heads up on this story.  Here I am living in this place and never saw this. But then again, it isn’t being much covered. In fact, we had four newspapers to read yesterday, Tuesday is a big paper day as a rule, and not one word about this guy.
So thanks Tiger.

I like this site btw and have checked it from time to time but I guess I’m going to have to do better.
Story is from Free Market Fairy Tales.  http://www.fmft.net/

Sadly however (Sorry Tiger and Sorrier for England ) His good work will be undone by guess who?  Of course. The damn government.
It is frustrating.

OK, here’s the story and a good one it is .....  more at the link below.

Rejoice: Suddenly it’s not so grim up North!

I am man enough to admit when I am wrong & hands up, I retract everything I have said about the Dreaded North because tonight dear readers we celebrate one Peter Davies, retired schoolmaster & now, the newly elected Mayor of Doncaster. Set aside if you can the catastrophic failure of Westminster , the extent of which has become apparent of the last twelve months & let’s review what new Mr Mayor chappie has been up to since the chains of office were placed on his surprisingly broad shoulders

On his first morning as Mayor of Doncaster in South Yorkshire , Peter Davies cut his salary from £73,000 to £30,000 then closed the Council’s newspaper for “peddling politics on the rates”.  (on the rates, on the taxpayer)

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Now three weeks into his job, Mr Davies is pressing ahead with plans he hopes will see the number of town councillors cut from 63 to just 21, saving taxpayers £800,000. Mr Davies said: “If 100 Senators can run the United States of America , I can’t see how 63 councillors are needed to run Doncaster “.

Now I know that many of you on the left hand side of the pond might hold strident views about that particular comment but taking a knife to the size of the political class, if not literally (shame) then figuratively has to be a step in the right direction in the lamentable absence of mass public executions.

He has withdrawn Doncaster from the Local Government Association and the Local Government Information Unit, saving another £200,000. Mr Davies said, “They are just talking shops”

...as well as…

“ Doncaster is in for some serious untwinning. We are twinned with nine other cities around the world and they are just for people to fly off and have a binge at the Council’s expense”.

He has promised to end council funding for Doncaster ‘s International Women’s Day, Black History Month and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month.

For all the rest please click on to >> http://www.fmft.net/

SO WE CAN ALL AGREE HIZ HONOR IS CERTAINLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND THE TXPAYER SHOULD BE PLEASED.  BUT WAIT.
There’s a skunk in the bush just waiting to spray the taxpayer.  The leader of the Conservative party is suggesting a possible road toll on one of the major roads but just as bad and maybe worse .....  is ‘The Works and Pension Secretary’ in the person of Comrade Commissar YeVette Cooper.  She’s married to Comrade Ed Balls, who is ‘Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.’ Mrs Balls is the witch responsible (my Brit friends tell me) for the infamous and unwanted and unloved Home Information Packs. Or, H.I.P.s as they are called.  They are un-necessary and are a wrench in the machinery and costly. But the Comrades Balls don’t have to pay the bills as the workers do that but I must not get too far off the subject.

Under glorious Comrade Commissar Mrs. Balls, the govt. is going to spend ONE BILLION £s, or almost 2 billion dollars, creating soft jobs that will be funded by, glorious comrades in the trenches with no say in the matter which is as it should be in this state.

People will be paid to become dance assistants, tourism ambassadors and solar panel engineers.
For our American readers, an engineer over here is NOT what you think of when you see and hear that term in the USA. Or at least, not always.

Here’s the story from the morning Telegraph. Part of it anyway.

£1bn scheme to create ‘soft jobs’
A billion pounds is to be spent on creating tens of thousands of “soft” public sector jobs for unemployed people including dance assistants, tourism ambassadors and solar panel engineers.

By Jon Swaine
Published: 10:00PM BST 28 Jul 2009

The taxpayer-funded jobs are being created by councils, quangos and charities under a Government scheme to remove 150,000 people from the unemployment register over the next two years.
The first 47,000 jobs in the scheme, costing about £300 million, are to be announced on Wednesday by Yvette Cooper, the Work and Pensions Secretary.

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The list of new vacancies - most of which will be filled by 18-24 year olds - will include sports coaches, classroom assistants and social carers, department sources said last night.
However, in a move that attracted claims that public money is being wasted on “soft jobs”, others include positions for forestry workers, loft laggers and child carers.

Jobs based around refurbishing council houses and in local recycling projects are also to be created.
Miss Cooper is expected to say: “Many young people were denied the help they needed in the recessions of 80s and 90s and ended up out of work for months and years.

“Too many never got a start in the jobs market. We are determined not to let that happen again. This is why we are announcing 47,000 new jobs for young people today.”

However, critics have accused the Government of swelling the state to an even more unaffordable level.
Susie Squire of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “The public sector has failed to cut back in the recession. Expanding it further is unrealistic and shortsighted because it will plunge us further into debt.

“Soft jobs like these would be indulgent even in good economic times let alone in the current climate.”
The 47,000 jobs are the first to be created under the Government’s “Future Jobs Fund”.
The £1 billion fund is open to local councils, charities and other voluntary organisations.

The bodies bid for the public money from the Government in order to create “socially useful jobs”.
A total of 100,000 jobs are due to be created for 18-24 year olds while the remaining 50,000 are for older unemployed people in unemployment “hotspots”.

From January, young adults who have been unemployed for a year will be forced to take one of the new jobs - or a place on another government training scheme - or have their benefits cut.
The jobless total rose to 2.38m in the three months to the end of May, with 726,000 of those aged between 18 and 24.
The rate of unemployment among 18-24 year-olds has jumped from 12 per cent to more than 17 per cent over the past year.

HERE FOR THE REST

You might ask, what’s wrong with that. What’s wrong with putting younger ppl to work.  Problem is, there are private companies providing services that will charge the councils for things done on their behalf now.  BUT .... if these folks are going to be working on a govt. project which this looks to be, they will naturally become eligible for pensions at some point.  I really think I need Lyndon to lay it out in full as he knows a great deal about this sort of thing.

As well I have to confess that ANYTHING Ms Cooper has her hand in, I tend to be very wary of.  I also don’t grasp the funding including charities.

I think it’s another big govt. spending program on top of all the other monies that the politicians have already glommed from the ratepayers.


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