Sunday, November 12, 2006

Council to cut and privatise AntiSocial Behaviour Teams

As much as we'd love to write about something exciting like drugs use amongst Council workers, or the borderline alcoholism of certain councillors, sadly such stories don't exist, so you'll just have to make do with cuts to the Borough's services instead.

The latest cut to come to our attention are plans to cut the Antisocial Behaviour teams. In a classic piece of managementspeak they plan to "restructure" the teams, but anyone with a brief experience of the real world of work knows what that means. After the cut they plan to effectively privatise the teams by selling their services to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in the Borough.

Yes that's right, not only are they cutting the numbers in the AntiSocial Behaviour teams, but they're then going to sell their services to Landlords. So much for community safety being a priority.

Update: Someone was whining in the comments about this being a misleading post. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee documents are very clear. The ABSTs are to face a £60,000 cut in their budget which will be paid for through management restructuring. The teams services will then be sold for purposes of "income generation" to RSLs.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous lowestoftjohn said...

Such stories don't exist! Ever boarded a 177 or 180 to Thamesmead from Woolwich town centre after chucking out time?

2:12 pm  
Anonymous d said...

Could your opening post e a little misleading? I would appreciate a clear explanation of what is really happening with the Anti-social Behaviour Teams, rather than an "edited" version.

In the meantime, here is a link to "Registered Social Landlords":

http://www.housingcorp.gov.uk/server.php?show=nav.489

2:11 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who has to get the bus home from Woolwich between the hours of 4pm and 11pm would suggest investment in Anti Social behaviour teams not cutting spending!

3:17 pm  

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