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Topic: Re:Re:Council cuts
Posted by: Andrew OSullivan
Date/Time: 03/12/14 16:08:00

There is an option other than wholesale cuts or increased taxes - that is a reduction in the public sector wage bill. The differential between public sector and private sector pay continues to grow. There was a sharp decline in real terms in the latter after 2008 with no corresponding adjustment in public sector pay.

We have probably seen how cuts actually operate in the BBC where suddenly they had to become used to a static rather than continually rising income. What actually happened was a hollowing out of creative element of the corporation and an increase in the proportion of management roles. This has led to far greater service cuts than might otherwise have been necessary and a decline in the amount of content produced which is far greater than the headcount reduction.

A similar pattern seems to be developing in local authorities. Where headcount has been reduced it has tended to be in lower paid roles many of which were actually contracted out rather than disappearing altogether.

Senior management positions seem to have been relatively immune except in Councils like LBHF, K&C and Westminster which have merged a significant number of departments and removed the duplication of management effort. This seems to have allowed these councils to avoid the levels of service cuts that are now being planned in Ealing and Hounslow.

Ealing, Hounslow and Brent could get together, merge departments and lose a relatively small number of highly paid positions and save a fortune. Unfortunately given the tendency of turkeys not to vote for Christmas management are unlikely to chose this option right now. Longer term even harder decisions will have to be made and, unless real incomes in the private sector start to rise significantly, the choice will generally be between protecting staff or services.

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Council cuts03/12/14 11:09:00 Thomas Barry
   Re:Council cuts03/12/14 11:22:00 Michael Moran
   Re:Council cuts03/12/14 12:17:00 Ken Munn
      Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 12:21:00 John Connelly
         Business rate 03/12/14 12:45:00 John Todd
            Re:Business rate 03/12/14 13:34:00 John Connelly
   Re:Council cuts03/12/14 13:16:00 Adrian Irving
      Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 16:08:00 Andrew OSullivan
         Re:Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 16:32:00 David McLoughlin
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts04/12/14 09:47:00 Andrew OSullivan
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts04/12/14 10:06:00 David McLoughlin
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts04/12/14 13:00:00 Steve Taylor
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 08:19:00 Andrew OSullivan
         Re:Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 16:35:00 Richard Greenhough
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 16:44:00 Jeni Evans
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 17:25:00 Richard Greenhough
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts03/12/14 21:14:00 Steve Taylor
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts04/12/14 09:43:00 Richard Greenhough
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts04/12/14 14:03:00 Adam Beamish
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 08:50:00 Julian Pavey
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 09:21:00 Guy Lambert
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 10:44:00 Francis Rowe
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 13:00:00 David McLoughlin
                                    LBH. Consultants05/12/14 13:02:00 John Todd
                                       Re:LBH. Consultants05/12/14 13:29:00 Dave William
                                          Re:Re:LBH. Consultants05/12/14 14:10:00 Steve Taylor
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 13:56:00 Steve Taylor
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 14:24:00 Guy Lambert
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 19:45:00 Richard Greenhough
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 14:04:00 Steve Taylor
                              Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 14:24:00 Steve Taylor
                                 Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 14:31:00 John Connelly
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Council cuts05/12/14 14:37:00 Paul Allen

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