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There are limits to local authority cuts

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Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, wrote this week in the Evening Standard about the Tory-led Government's massive cuts to local councils and the impact yet more cuts would have on services. 

Cllr Watts wrote - 

Your editorial on Monday about the impact of further major cuts to public spending is too complacent.

Local councils have been making the kind of relatively pain-free efficiency savings you suggest for four years now. My own authority has cut its spending by more than £100 million this way.

However, these efficiencies cannot keep being found. If, say, you’ve shared your public health department once (as Islington and Camden councils have done) you can’t do it again and again and expect to keep on saving money.

Substantial further cuts to local councils can only be made by cutting deep into valued public services. Such cuts would be deeply damaging and a false economy that will pile costs onto the state elsewhere.

Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council

Cllr Watts has also written about the need to give local councils a secure financial future and why giving councils the powers they need to help improve services and get results, is good for everyone. 

 

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commented 2016-01-10 14:41:44 +0000
Councillor Watts you make this statement above but you still spend annually in excess of £20m on agency staff while making redundancies why?

“Substantial further cuts to local councils can only be made by cutting deep into valued public services. Such cuts would be deeply damaging and a false economy that will pile costs onto the state elsewhere.”
commented 2015-07-08 17:00:42 +0100
Cllr Watts, you are correct to say that Tory “cuts” are hindering those already challenged and also stagnating the sort of growth needed in order to improve local economies and a stimulus for the reinvention of a strong, developing national economy.

But, let us not shy away from possibilities here. Such weaknesses from a Tory government must be challenged. In fact, an innovative approach to changing an out-of-date Work Program and developing a viable alternative, will a great foundation to build the sort of policies aimed at inspiring change in attitudes, enhancement in local job seeking confidence and a sustained empowerment that leads job seekers into fulfilling careers.

How do we improve Productivity? We start by listening to people – understanding the challenges and clarify professional goals… then we assess, analyse… assess once again… and implement planning into a business plan worthy of tackling barriers and empowering people. This will form a strong foundation for a viable “plan” towards improving Upwards Social Mobility.

Local collaboration between ‘authorities’ and job seekers are vital signatures to maintain as it will enable a sense of empowerment to, who are now, stressed job seekers.

Finally Richard, I strongly believe in what you are trying to achieve to improve employment in Islington. But, in order to improve Confidence and Trust with such challenges confronting local residents, authorities must also sustain a viable, ongoing engagement with said residents so that climbing the ladder becomes a collective journey.

Wish you well.

Ivor
published this page in Blog 2015-03-13 11:15:05 +0000

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