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As far back as January 2006, readers of the Swindon Advertiser were asking:

Quote from: S Pickett
"Why is it that Swindon Council always proposes cuts in services for the elderly and disabled?


...and today the Adver reveals that Councillor Peter Mallinson, (Conservative, Walcot), is trying to soften the blow from his socially regressive intention to cut £6,000,000 (6 Million) from the Adult Services budget by leading a Tory 'charge' to cut just 5% from Councillors annual allowances.

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Coun Peter Mallinson (Con, Walcot), cabinet member for health and adult social care, is putting forward the motion at a council meeting on Thursday.

He said he did not feel he could ask his own department to make savings of £6m this year without doing something himself.


Mallinson continues, (almost breathless with reckless excitement I fancy):


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“For backbenchers it will amount to about £1 a day before tax and for frontbenchers it will not be more than £2 a day.


I can't be bothered to work out the 'saving' made by cutting Councillors allowance by such a piffling amount, far better in my opinion that front benchers, (cabinet members), 'work' for nothing more than their basic allowance of £7,790.45 and work urgently towards making significant reductions to the £2,000,000 (2 million'ish) annual wages for the Directors of Swindon Borough Council.

To put Mallinson's motion into it's genuinely hypocritical context, what would readers of TS and Swindon Council Tax payers say if I mention that Mallinson and the rest of Rod's Bluhligans are currently working on plans to actually add another 7 directors to Swindon Borough Council's upper tiers ?



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A: Mallinsons latest motion.

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additional:

Mallinsons Mate, Finuala Foley, has already started 'managing demand' at leisure centres by cutting pay to staff in her deptartment to induce them to take action:  http://www.talkswindon.org/index.php?topic=6393.msg42386#msg42386

After an appropriate period I imagine Foley will announce that some lesiure centres will close permanently. 


It's all part of the Tories plan to 'increase choice' apparently....

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Mind you at 76 Peter Mallinson could well be in need of the very services he is cutting one day!!

and as for the cuts in allowances he can afford it with all the pensions he allegedly enjoys.

Now as to adding even more Directors they must being going Bonkers in the Bunker again and to pay them will be in command of a fictitious (Army) Workforce

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and I forgot to add that if his fate is not already determined in Walcot next May this will seal it for certain.

Wondered what he had been doing now that Walcot Library activity has diminished?

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Wondered what he had been doing now that Walcot Library activity has diminished?

Reidy told me that one particular councillor has been bullying cHarming volunteers into paying the utility bills for the enterprise they voluntarily help run.

I immediately thought of Wing Commander Shattering-Buttocks himself, so do you know anything about that Richard?

On 2nd thoughts, don't tell me, tell Reidy  ;)

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I immediately thought of Wing Commander Shattering-Buttocks himself, so do you know anything about that Richard?


Yes I do and for once in my life I am keeping my powder dry until the appropriate moment.

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My door is always open :)

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...and today the Adver reveals that Councillor Peter Mallinson, (Conservative, Walcot), is trying to soften the blow from his socially regressive intention to cut £6,000,000 (6 Million) from the Adult Services budget by leading a Tory 'charge' to cut just 5% from Councillors annual allowances.


Where does this £6m that Councillor Mallinson is talking about all of a sudden come from, as it is my understanding that the the Lib dem Conservative coalition has reduced our funding by a mere £1.4m.  Please do not forget that Councillor Mark Edwards made no mention of this in his fantastic budget so is this deficit down to either Councillor Renard losing the money or Councillor Mallinson losing it since May?

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...and today the Adver reveals that Councillor Peter Mallinson, (Conservative, Walcot), is trying to soften the blow from his socially regressive intention to cut £6,000,000 (6 Million) from the Adult Services budget by leading a Tory 'charge' to cut just 5% from Councillors annual allowances.


Where does this £6m that Councillor Mallinson is talking about all of a sudden come from, as it is my understanding that the the Lib dem Conservative coalition has reduced our funding by a mere £1.4m.  Please do not forget that Councillor Mark Edwards made no mention of this in his fantastic budget so is this deficit down to either Councillor Renard losing the money or Councillor Mallinson losing it since May?

£1.4 mill?.............well thats a definate Bluhpak scenario.
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In the bunker vein I recently learned that the recipients of a former bunker inhabitants hospitality were invoiced for the travel to that place of hospitality.

I would not seek to trivialise those events by directly comparing them to present day events in the Borough of Swindon. That would be disrespectful.

I would however draw a comparison between the tortured and twisted thought processes employed. It is as if behaviour that ranges from thoughtless to criminally insane can be excused if proper processes are followed.

You can give me a kicking for the comparison if it is unfair.

It is pretty disheartening to watch and consider that this is, apparently, the best that our representatives have to offer.

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.

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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2010, 12:02:19 am »
7 new Directors eh? what cost is that?

7 CPCP clusters?

A connection?
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2010, 03:03:31 am »
7 new Directors eh? what cost is that?

7 CPCP clusters?

A connection?

Could be  :(

David Runard has picked up this thread:

[tweet]http://twitter.com/David_Runard/status/25121957702[/tweet]

Doesn't tweet much, but when he does it tends to be spot on.

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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2010, 06:27:15 am »
7 new Directors eh? what cost is that?



£500,000 to £700,000 p/a not including benefits, pensions, etc. Are these going to replace any exisiting directorships or are they in addition to our current batch?
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2010, 08:37:52 am »

Dunno. The Rodigarch and his Bluhligans are perverse in this respect, so they'll probably increase the number of directorships and axe a few hundred extra real-workers to pay for them. They'll call it an 'innovative and creative new way to do business'.

On the other side of the border, Jane Scott of Wilts CC, is rumoured to be considering axing 250+ managers jobs to protect as many front-line staff as she can.

Prediction: Jane will outlast Roderick.

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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2010, 08:48:20 am »
Ref 7 clusters,  these are being headed up by 7 already employed people, just 1 day a week or somesuch, added to the work they do already, so no new directors to do this.

Not that will they have too much to do, you find out what's going on in your cluster group anyway and stick a Connecting People badge on it. 

Well, thats this weeks take on it - could learn something new in the course of next week.
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2010, 09:02:06 am »

Not that will they have too much to do, you find out what's going on in your cluster group anyway and stick a Connecting People badge on it. 

Well, thats this weeks take on it - could learn something new in the course of next week.

Too true Muggins

A Cluster Badge trumps a Cohesion Badge which had overtaken the Partnership Poppy and the User-Involvement Underliner having trod the Consultation Path for a few minutes whilst forgetting all about Community..as Engaging as we both know it is.

Third Way, Big Way, My Way....Their Way...and so it goes on...

Deckchair Moving that actually creates and sustains a subsiding Titanic Community of Needs

If it were not for the community of ordinary folk, who sport no badges, Swindon would be further down the Swanee than it is

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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2010, 09:09:48 am »
And I see Cllr Perkins refer to the Swindon Civic Trust as a 'group of private people'.

What else is the council, the cabinet, and all groups in Swindon, public private or otherwise, if not groups of private people. 

It's the bringing together of these private persons as a group with aims and objectives, that turns the group into a legal 'all for one' and a collective action.

What they really want os for all thos private people that come together for whatever cause to disband, go home and hide under the bed, to leave them alone to do exactly what they want .   With this utter conviction that they are the only ones who know best. 

Poemogram the revolution may well start soon...............gathering at a time and place to be announced!
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2010, 02:43:53 pm »

...and today the Adver reveals that Councillor Peter Mallinson, (Conservative, Walcot), is trying to soften the blow from his socially regressive intention to cut £6,000,000 (6 Million) from the Adult Services budget by leading a Tory 'charge' to cut just 5% from Councillors annual allowances.


Where does this £6m that Councillor Mallinson is talking about all of a sudden come from, as it is my understanding that the the Lib dem Conservative coalition has reduced our funding by a mere £1.4m.  Please do not forget that Councillor Mark Edwards made no mention of this in his fantastic budget so is this deficit down to either Councillor Renard losing the money or Councillor Mallinson losing it since May?

£1.4 mill?.............well thats a definate Bluhpak scenario.

The projection over the next three years is that the council will have a short fall of £45 mill. The £1.4 mill is what has been cut since the budget but does not include the likely cuts from the govt's spending review or future cuts to the central grants. Coupled with rising demand on adult social care and housing, decreasing income from business rates, planning and land sales, you end up with this tricky but fairly vague situation.
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2010, 07:32:44 pm »
'We trained hard--but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was beginning to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.' (Petronius Arbiter, 210 BC).
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2010, 08:24:10 pm »
Nice one Mart :)

I'm thinking that what Rod's Bluhligans actually want to save/cut is the projected annual increase in the cost of providing adult services etc, hence the flim-flam and clumsy rush to 'manage demand' of the same.

I'm convinced the civic assasination of the Dial a Ride charity is inextricably linked to the 'managing' of demand for adult day centres and the number of SCS transport staff & vehicles who, (unless they are given Dial a Rides work), will be out of work.

The Rodigarchy is currently considering refusing my FOI request re: the legal advice SBC sought on the grant to Dial a Ride on section 42 and 36 'prejudicial grounds'.

They really do not want people to discover what they've been doing.

I think we will though :)

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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2010, 06:18:03 am »
The buzz word is 'commissioning'. Instead of directly providing adult social care, ie, having decent and dedicated staff go around to check if someone's ok, feeding themselves, hasn't been dead under the kitchen table for the last 6 weeks... a core team of council staff will help 'facilitate' 'clients' to 'commission' the level of care they need from a variety of different commercial and non-commercial 'options'.

This is in no-way about doing adult social care on the cheap and hoping for the best. No, it's all about choice. Ahem.
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2010, 08:49:21 am »
Commissioning has just about killed everything that doesn't get the 'commision'.

Let's hope it doesn't kill my sister!
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2010, 04:28:21 pm »


Be afraid....


Suffolk council plans to outsource virtually all services: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/22/suffolk-county-council-outsource-services?CMP=twt_gu

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The Tory-controlled county's "new strategic direction", set for approval tomorrow, could see virtually every service outsourced to social enterprises or companies. The aim is to turn the authority from one which provides public services itself, to an "enabling" council, which only commissions them. The council hopes offloading services could shave 30% off its £1.1bn budget, as part of the government's drive to reduce the fiscal deficit.


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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2010, 06:22:26 pm »
Bristol's doing the same thing. It's very, very confusing. While the idea is that people should chose the care provider that's best for them, those who are most in need of care are likely to be most at risk. If you are a very elderly person with severe mental health problems and no family to speak up for you, how are you going to choose between a selection of private and 3rd sector providers to create the care plan that best suits your needs? And if what I'm hearing is right, and they lay off huge numbers of adult and child social care staff off, how will those left behind be able to help all those in need 'commission' their own services?


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Also, should we start a dictionary to explain all the new buzz words? If I hear the following again, I will scream: enabling, commissioning, choice, engagement, empowering...
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2010, 08:08:14 pm »
Just asked at the council meeting "I note that tonight, conservative lead Suffolk CC are voting to outsource all council services to the private sector, keeping only a handful of council staff in a contract management capacity. Is this a measure that SBC are considering in their budget deliberations."

Cllr Edwards in short stated that all options are on the table.

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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2010, 08:51:41 pm »
Nothing new about becoming an enabling council. Look at how much Capita and Halcrow do for the council.
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Re: Peter Mallinson: £6m cuts for the old, but business as usual at the trough
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2010, 09:08:30 pm »
Suffolk council plans to outsource virtually all services: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/22/suffolk-county-council-outsource-services?CMP=twt_gu

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The Tory-controlled county's "new strategic direction", set for approval tomorrow, could see virtually every service outsourced to social enterprises or companies. The aim is to turn the authority from one which provides public services itself, to an "enabling" council, which only commissions them. The council hopes offloading services could shave 30% off its £1.1bn budget, as part of the government's drive to reduce the fiscal deficit.

I'm sure I've said this before on one of the many threads here, but I'll say it again. The purpose of a providor of public services is to provide a service to the public. The purpose of a company in the private sector is to maximise dividends to its shareholders, and if they manage to provide a public service which meets the needs of all of its users in the process then that's just a happy coincidence.

Outsource a public service to a private venture and you can bet your bottom dollar that they'll deliver the minimum possible service, to the letter of the contract, whilst maximising their profit margin. It might reduce the bill which shows on the council's balance sheet for that particular service, but the bean counters always fail to take into account the extra costs which other services need to take on as a result.
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