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Offline Drone

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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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