Thursday, 13 August 2009

Telling Half The Story…

In the ‘Independent’ it’s a ‘women and minorities worst affected!’ warning:
Britain faces a rise in domestic violence, alcoholism and drug addiction unless more is done to head off social problems intensified by the recession, the local authority watchdog has warned.
Oh noes! People will suffer! Pleeeease give us more money!
A report by the Audit Commission, published today, predicts that while communities have already been hit by job losses, falling household incomes and lower house prices, councils now need to brace themselves for the recession's "second wave", which will see many areas suffer greater social problems.

It accused some local authorities of being "complacent" over the effects of the recession, as high levels of unemployment for the next three years will create an even greater need for many services already starved of funding.
It’s presented by the ‘Independent’ as a blatant appeal for more funding/no job cuts, as crude as any blackmailer’s hastily-assembled cut out letter.

But meanwhile, over in the ‘Mail’, a slightly fuller picture emerges:
But the report also revealed two out of three of the biggest employers among councils have neither cut back on their payrolls nor frozen their recruitment of workers.
The Commission acknowledged that unemployment rose by 720,000 in the 12 months to June and is likely to go up by another 750,000 over the next 12 months.

But few jobs were lost in town halls themselves, it said.
Wow! I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked….
According to its survey of councils, 65 per cent of the biggest authorities - metropolitan, unitary and county councils - have taken no action to cut recruitment since the recession started. Only one in five has made compulsory job losses.

Among the much smaller districts, fewer than half have made compulsory redundancies and one in six continue to hire staff in the same way that they did before the recession.
Forget their wailing and protesting – there’s plenty of fat still to be trimmed from council budgets.

They can start with the legions of ‘diversity consultants’ and ‘waste management advisers’ before they need to worry about chopping into the front-line staffing figures…


Anonymous said...

Well at least the outreach workers and drug workers etc will have some bloody work to do.

Get 'em out doing some form of workfare.

Rob said...

That's a new tack - claim that laying off public sector workers will lead to a surge in wife-beating.

I've a solution - sack the single and gay staff instead. No wives to beat! Brilliant!

JuliaM said...

"That's a new tack - claim that laying off public sector workers will lead to a surge in wife-beating."

At least they didn't blame 'climate change'.