The £20m of cuts announced by the Reverend Rees for next year mainly seem to confirm that he has now gone totally insane. Among the highlights we’ve spotted so far:
An inexplicable £4m cut to the Adult Care budget will appear if HomeChoice prioritise people with adult social care needs on the housing register.
A proposal from a Labour administration to cut trade union facility time by 75 per cent. That means union reps will have no time to represent staff directly affected by cuts from a Labour administration.
Lots more cuts are proposed by HRH Helen of Holland overseeing Adult Care. This is despite her failure to deliver £4m of the £6m cuts she proposed last year.
Transport guru, “Tweedle” Don Alexander, will attempt to increase council revenue by about £2.5m from Residents Parking Zones (RPZ) and car parking. Tweedle Don has lost about £5.4m in income from these so far this year.
Asher “The Slasher” Craig proposes charging a fee to parents who are contacted by her Education Welfare Service about their child’s school attendance. Will she discover parents are suddenly uncontactable?
Finance kingpin, Craig Cheney, officially the stupidest man in Bristol, is opening a rooftop bar at the M Shed to make £85k a year.
Asher the Slasher is supporting young people by slashing youth services budgets by £400k.
Government money for Public Health will be spent on wages for the Reverend’s evangelical pals in his City Office instead. He will also pass a begging bowl around ‘external partners’ to see if they’re up for funding an office full of evangelical loonies at the Counts Louse.
Cabinet Pied Piper Nicola “La La” Beech is to deliver pest control in “different ways”.
We’ll let you know as we find more of these inanities over the coming months.
An expensive SEVEN YEAR FIASCO of
‘agile working’ continues unchallenged at Bristol City Council. There’s still
NO EVIDENCE that the council’s plan to buy the Temple Street Lubianka for £18m
and expensively refurbish the Counts Louse at a further cost of £16m while
selling off council offices across the city has delivered any savings.
Alongside the pricey property
arrangements came a ‘Workplace Programme’ promoting HALF-BAKED TECH
SOLUTIONS and fashionable MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY NONSENSE. This
claimed the council could create money-saving “new agile working
environments” for their workforce by issuing staff with laptops, smart
phones and tablets and promoting home-working and mobile working to save money.
The expensive plans, put together by UNACCOUNTABLE
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS, originally came with promises of £60m of savings by
Max Wide “Boy”, one of the many execs who have rolled in through THE
COUNCIL’S REVOLVING DOOR over the last few years to scrounge a six-figure
salary. Wide Boy arrived in 2013 and departed out again in 2016 leaving a
£30 million agile working-shaped DEBT in his wake.
Fast foward three years and the ‘Agile
Working’ fiasco continues. A recent report to councillors on the latest AGILE
WORKING FAILURE in adult care – where the implementation of tablets and
tech on the advice of consultants has belly-flopped – explains, “there
still isn’t a clearly defined and available benefits document for the Agile
In other words after seven years of
forking out HUGE SUMS OF MONEY on the advice of management consultants
procured by high-earning council directors, no one HAS MEASURED THE COST
EFFECTIVENESS of their ‘agile working’ strategy. Consequently the obvious
conclusion that cutting back staff and giving those that remain a tablet will NOT
SAVE ANY MONEY is still yet to be reached.
Although any targets for rewarding failure among council execs and their management consultants continue to be exceeded.