Save cash by cut­ting num­ber of coun­cil­lors

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

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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