THOUGHT that headline would get your attention! Just like all those headlines in
But headlines can be so misleading, can’t they? And lead to hundreds of racist comments of the Enoch Powell “rivers of blood” variety
In fact, only if you bothered to read further did it mention the family had taken advantage of housing benefit rules introduced by the last Labour Government and since amended by the Coalition. The cap on housing benefit stands now at £400 per week.
This, then, raises two points. Firstly, the cap came on AFTER this family was re-housed. Secondly, this wasn’t a decision by central Government. It was the sole responsibility of, and a decision by, the local council. Since the Government laid down limits to housing benefits, the local council,
And another thing while we’re on the subject. Local councils in
Where’s the urgency, time pressure, challenge, risk of being sacked?
There’s no competition in the public sector whereas private companies compete against each other for business so more strategic decision-making is required by their CEOs.
While it’s true that decreasing the pay of council CEOs wouldn’t cover the £6.5 billion cut to council funding, it’s also true that they’re escaping relatively unscathed from the very cuts they’re implementing. Frontline council workers on low pay are losing their jobs while others are being transferred to the private sector where their terms and conditions will be even lower.
Admittedly, a few forward-thinking councils are sharing services, cutting consultancy/ back-office costs and minimising front-line service cuts.
But cuts should happen from the top down – starting with those bloated CEO salaries …
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