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13-Sep-2016 06:02 PM
21-Sep-2016 05:28 PM
An Observer article by Francis Batt suggests that more and more council services will be contracted out to private companies.
An officers' report received by members of the highways, transport and environment scrutiny panel on Monday proposed 'outsourcing' services such as streetcare, parking enforcement - even the community wardens who can impose on the spot fines and are seen as a link between council, police and the public.
22-Sep-2016 05:02 AM
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23-Oct-2016 06:29 PM
Osborne wrote:It's all to do with 'good business practice'. It is often more cost-effective (cheaper) nowadays to outsource many services than to carry the costs of employing people to run them yourself. This applies to both the public and private sectors. There are many advantages to this. For example, you don't have to 'carry' holiday and sickness cover, it's easier to enforce standards, you are relieved of many complex bureaucratic costs, competition to provide such services keeps the price down etc etc. [I write this as a businessman, not from a political point of view].
As for Government cuts, it is [to quote Mrs May) a matter of "living within your means". [This is a political point ]
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13-Jun-2017 10:03 AM
I wrote:My apologies to the original cartoonist but I have no note as to the source of this cartoon. It dates from the time when Windsor was manacled to Maidenhead with no public consultation whatsoever. It reflects the feelings of local staff at Kipling Building. Many of these staff had made a lifelong career of working for the town when it was the Royal Borough of New Windsor. The borough had been in existence for the best part of one thousand years, yet was scrapped and control passed to ‘out of towners’ some six miles, and more, distant. ‘As you sow, so shall you reap...’
13-Jun-2017 09:09 PM
helen price wrote:Cllr Jack Rankin has been selected as a parliamentary Conservative candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne.http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/news/general-election-2017/115005/royal-borough-councillor-bids-to-become-tory-mp-for-ashton-under-lyne.html
In my dealings with him I've found him professional and courteous. If he is successful it will be a shame to lose a "youngster" as so many Councillor are well past the 30 years of age mark!
23-Jun-2017 03:05 PM
... Cllr Dudley was trying to have Cllr Hill removed from his position as chairman of the association.When asked, Cllr Hill said: “It is just a rumour. I have received nothing formal. I don’t know what’s going on.“It seems that Simon Dudley is way beyond his remit.”He said the only way he could be removed from his position was if he resigned, if the Conservative HQ dismissed him, or if he died – and he was not planning to do either.
... Cllr Dudley was trying to have Cllr Hill removed from his position as chairman of the association.
When asked, Cllr Hill said: “It is just a rumour. I have received nothing formal. I don’t know what’s going on.
“It seems that Simon Dudley is way beyond his remit.”
He said the only way he could be removed from his position was if he resigned, if the Conservative HQ dismissed him, or if he died – and he was not planning to do either.
23-Jun-2017 03:08 PM
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