Sunday, 6 February 2011

Edinburgh Council says 'do it yourself'

SCOTS are being urged to adopt a do-it-yourself approach to some services currently provided by councils ahead of massive budget cuts to be implemented this week.

Edinburgh City Council's chief executive Sue Bruce suggests the council should "explore all options" in pulling back from some of its work when local people show they can provide it voluntarily.

In the face of declining budgets and rising costs and to avoid compulsory redundancies among council workforces, local government managers are calling for a culture change whereby able communities provide services that the state can no longer afford to manage. These include meals-on-wheels for elderly residents, driving patients to medical appointments and snow-clearing of public spaces.

My comment: Less front line staff should mean less over paid senior officers but I doubt any of those will lose their jobs.

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