“Neutral cost” relocation

1 Feb

We must not lose sight of the fact that “neutral cost relocation” with a loan of nearly £4 million AND pre-move costs coming up to the £1  million mark can only be achieved by cutting staff and/or cutting services otherwise known as “efficiency savings”.

EDDC is in the almost unique position of having GAINED staff in recent years leaving only service cuts to fund this project.  Cutting funds for the homeless can only be the start.


2 Responses to ““Neutral cost” relocation”

  1. Paul Hayward February 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Week in, week out, we all read in the press how Barclays, BT, M&S, Zeneca etc etc, are cutting staff numbers as technology and economies of scale and efficiencies are brought to light and implemented. Whilst I wish no-one to be made redundant unnecessarily, having worked exclusively in the private sector, I know only too well that when you run a business as a business ie you have to make a profit to survive and are not in receipt of tax payer largesse, you look at every dept, every sector, every job and ask:

    Could that person work harder, do more in a day, work more efficiently, work harder for the same pay; Could those 4 people do the work of 5 without too much difficulty for example.

    You look for duplication of labour, cross-over skill sets, slow-time gaps, start finish time diminishments, extended break times, above-average sickness levels, geographic anomolies etc etc and all this allows a trading business ( that must spend less than it takes in revenue to survive ) to determine whether all those staff are performing at their optimal level, giving 100% each and every day, and that there is not any element of “flexible resourcing”, “allowable downtime” and “built-in tolerances” etc

    These are questions that every profitable business asks itself and number crunches on every single day to make sure that the business can survive in the future, for the benefit of the many who will retain their jobs and income. A private sector business is not there to provide employment in the local community and a cosy, easy working environment – it is there to provide a profit for its stakeholders.

    Well, I am a EDDC stakeholder as I pay council tax and I hope that ( at a time when services are starting to be looked at, with consideration to service reductions) every member of staff has been appraised rigorously, from the highest to the lowest paid, their output measured against a benchmarked standard, equivalent to that of a private sector twin, and that the Executive body have looked in every nook and cranny to see what is being spent, when it is spent, how is it spent, where it is spent, why is it spent and could we get more bang for our buck.

    This is how we roll in the private sector, and I would expect no less from the “business” of serving the public. Note I say “serving” not “governing” or “controlling” or ” leading”.

    The sooner that all public servants realise that they are in that position at the behest of the public at large and that their only purpose is to serve their needs, wishes and aspirations, the better. The public are not a nuisance to be hushed, to be treated with disdain and arrogance, to be brow-beaten and insulted by clever speeches, and press releases, and half-hearted promises. The public are the reason, the only reason, that government, large and small, exists..

    After the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln made a speech that recognised the sacrifice made by thousands of Americans during the Civil War. I have been fortunate enough to visit Gettysburg, and stand at the site of that speech, and to stand on that Battlefield where so many died so that Freedom would exist for those that survived.

    The speech ended with this quote:

    Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    This is why you should work in the public sector, either as a member of staff, or as an elected councillor. The People. If that doesnt fit with your mind set, work in the private sector where you are judged on results. Period.

  2. Media Mandy February 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    You can ALWAYS show cost neutrality in accounting terms: you just shave off other costs first.

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