Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Picking figures from the air

As well as silly motions the Budget was also discussed, but was hardly dissected at the last council meeting on Wednesday.
Here's some things which might have been missed; this budget saw the continuation of last years smash and grab raid on various council services.
In an Oscar like ceremony the leader of the council praised various departments for making tough decisions on "efficiency savings".
This is where we have difficulty with this budget and its from purely philosophical reasons, namely if it is an "efficiently saving" then it really can't be a tough decision, as it is by definition the most efficient, and therefore least troubling way of doing something. If however, the dear leader was to call these by there more common term, namely "cuts", then this would be easier for our simple minds to understand.
One area which will not directly be seeing many cuts will the be grass and hedges of the Council's parks, this is because of the "efficiency savings" which a review, which is yet to take place, has said will be found in the parks and leisure services department. We say will because in many cases that exactly what's planned, a review is to be set up to to find £xxx,xxx worth of savings, but what they don't know is how they will do it, nor do they know what staffing implications there will be. Hardly the most logically way to go about it.
Just warm yourselves knowing that your tax is going up by around 2%. Aren't we lucky!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the fact that council tax is going up by much higher amounts all around us - yes I think 2% is a decent figure.

Whats not clear to me is if the people who run these boards even live in Greenwich...

8:28 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the council comic has listed the parks cuts at £500,000, still if they get to dilapitated they could always build more houses. Also looking at my local park whats left to cut?????

7:58 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just received this email from the Council's spin department:

Dear xxx

Latest news from Greenwich Council...

Greenwich Council has once again set one of the lowest Council Tax increases in the capital, maintaining its record of setting the lowest almost anywhere in the country in the last ten years.

This year's Council Tax increase has been set at just 1.97%. This equates to just 36p a week for an average Band D property. The Mayor of London charges account for the rest.

The Council's aim is to always ensure it can fully justify any increase to the Council Tax. This year, the increase is to address those things people tell the Council are of most concern.

The majority of the increase (1.25%) will pay for an additional dedicated police team to deal with growing violence among young people.

The remainder (0.7%) will finance further improvements to our street cleaning and recycling programmes.

Read more by following the link below:


Greenwich Council
Communications team

2:24 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1, a below inflation rise and rubbish service (sorry, meant green, blue and black - dysfunctional in other words)is acceptable then I question what your connection is with the council.
We pay a lot, we want a decent service and at the very least, a half decent excuse as to why they keep failing - is that really too much to ask?

9:34 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re above

Why would I object to a below inflation rise - are you mad???

8:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you agree with any rise (except negative) for this third world level of service then you need looking at.

4:02 p.m.  

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