Save cash by cutting number of councillors
Sir – Your letter from Mr Ian Carruthers of last Friday resonated with me, but I feel he did not go far enough.
Yes, we have to many councillors and the ones I have met have been ineffectual – my four certainly are. I contacted them all with a problem I had and all four ignored my plea so if this is how they deal with their constituents, it is ineffectual.
I’m sorry but Dumfries and Galloway constituents deserve better than the lot that we have now.
Cutting the numbers to around 23 would save more than £300,000 per year.
As for expenses, most councillors have a day job, pension or have their own business so their council wage is a second income – so why do some need expenses to top it up further?
Joe Bloggs on the street doesn’t get expenses for his job, when he takes up the post he has a set wage and that is that, he is expected to pay for his own transport to work.
Ronnie Nicholson says that expenses are down but it is still more than £87,000 for the past year. This is a disgusting amount considering that some people living in Dumfries and Galloway who rely on foodbanks, soup kitchens and are homeless. This £87,000 could go a long way to getting rid of these stigmas.
And what should be done about the over-abundance of managers within the council? In my opinion there are a number of senior managers who don’t actually have a job but sit in offices or “pods” and shuffle paper all day.
Even when there is a service review, these managers aren’t let go, some are even promoted, which helps with their pension when they do leave.
The wages of five of these managers equates to 17 workers on the ground and I’m sure the general public would rather have 17 workers on the ground than five unseen and unreachable managers.
How do you deal with this issue? You start by getting rid of the “jobs for the boys” culture that seems prevalent in councils and employ the right calibre of manager, architects, clerk of works and street sweepers who all know their jobs and how to do them well.
All of this could start with the very basics – it’s called communication from top to bottom, something that the present management are extremely bad at because they don’t like bad news and workers are classed as a nuisance or negative if they bring up problems, so they have stopped doing so.
To all councillors, get the finger out and start treating the people of Dumfries and Galloway with a bit of respect, you might even get some back!
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