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11/02/2011

Budget cuts: Cesspits at Risk

Filed under: Local Government,Politics,Process,Risk,Standards — lenand @ 9:49 am
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Budget cuts must reduce front-line services.  Are politicians and pundits aware of the number of services provided by local authorities?  There were 866 at the last count.

Most services require people on the ground, in schools, in homes or in less savoury places.  Look at Local Government Service List (LGSL) 909:

“Cesspools and septic tanks should normally be emptied at least once a year to avoid problems occurring. Councils will usually provide this service for local residents and businesses under payment of the appropriate charge. Scottish water provide this service in Scotland.”

Efficiency gains by putting more services on-line are seriously overestimating the power of ICT to reduce costs.  Yes, the bureaucratic burden of requesting a service can be minimised by a web form, but the underlying truth is that you need a cesspit operative to do the dirty work.

Rather than unverifiable claims, let’s see some quantitative research on each of the 866 services and decide which should be shared, improved or eliminated.  That’s a local decision.  Local politicians take the risky decisions.

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