Friday, August 28, 2009
easyBritain posted by Richard Seymour
he wants to persuade residents to do more to look after themselves and intends to forge "a new relationship with citizens" which will include the understanding that, as with budget airlines, the council will not automatically provide blanket coverage of services as they have tried to do before.
The Telegraph enthuses about how residents "will be able to pay more for improved services". They will be "able" to do this because they will have no other option, of course. The council will also be outsourcing core functions, such as refuse collection, street maintenance, etc., supposedly to save money. The main way in which money is saved by outsourcing is in what management magazines refer to as lower HR operating costs - fewer staff, lower wages, no union shenanigans. That means worse service, and it also means raising unemployment and cutting demand in the middle of a recession. The overall effect is to use the recession to attack the very basics of public service, substantially roll back welfare, introduce the most regressive measures into provision, and mount an attacked on organised labour.
So, if there is any reader who lives in Barnet, please get some of your friends together and occupy the bloody council offices. I would especially appreciate it if you would make your protests known to Mr Freer.