Give Us More Money Or Granny (And The Road) Gets It!

Local authorities will be forced to cut spending on infrastructure and social care to support households losing out through the government’s welfare reforms, according to a study on the impact of benefit changes.

Looking at the state of the roads in my local area, I fail to see just what ‘less spending’ might look like, frankly.

Sharon Taylor, chairwoman of the LGA’s finance panel, said councils would be forced to raid other budgets, which were already being squeezed, in order to help tenants suffering as a result of housing benefit changes.

I suppose not helping them isn’t even an option on the table, then?

“Unless more is done to create new jobs and homes, households will be pushed into financial hardship and we will see a huge rise in the number of people going to their councils asking for help to make ends meet.”

It is NOT the responsibility of government, local or otherwise, to ‘help people make ends meet’. Whatever happened to living within your means?

The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “The government has tried to sell its welfare reforms on the back of mistruths and nasty stereotypes. However, this research exposes what a devastating impact its policies are having on communities throughout the country.

“Ministers are not cracking down on cheats as they claim, but destroying the safety net that our welfare state is meant to provide for those who fall on hard times through no fault of their own. “

People like Karen, Frances?

People desperate to try to avoid looking as though they can pick up a potato, so they won’t lose their benefits?

5 comments for “Give Us More Money Or Granny (And The Road) Gets It!

  1. ivan
    August 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Maybe if councils got rid of the various diversity coordinators and such as well as closing down the translation services – here in France there are no official documents translated, you want a translation you pay for it yourself – they might actually find they have the money to repair the roads and collect the garbage.

    • Viscount Rectum
      August 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

      There is huge overemployment in the councils these useless ginks love to call themselves OFFICERS, getting rid of 50% of these Civic centre parasites will be a step in the right direction

  2. Peter MacFarlane
    August 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    How nice to realise that, until I read this post, I had not the slightest idea of the name of TUC General Secretary.

    To think that “back in the day” the holder of that post was routinely regarded as more important (and certainly more powerful) than the Prime Minister.

    Mrs. Thatcher did not entirely waste her time…

  3. Errol
    August 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    The current local councils soak up literally millions of pounds for the tiny group at the top ruining everything. All they will do – with more money – is give it to themselves.

    How about a simpler solution: all council heads take a 75% pay cut. That money is spent on roads, schools, the elderly. The people then decide if they want to increase those salaries or cut them further. Heck, my local council (all four of them – four councils, that is) soaks up well over £100m between fewer than 38 men and women. That’s simple waste considering my road is, as Julia points out, little better than a cart track.

  4. Dave_G
    August 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Council management jobs should, like all their services, be staffed according to the lowest quote received. I’d happily take ANY of their positions for 10% LESS than the current encumbent – anyone care to better that offer?

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