Don’t blame councils for the harm done by government ideology | Joanne Fry | Society | The Guardian

Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty has vividly described “pulverism” – the idea that councils should use financial crises not merely to make savings but to smash up and reshape the public sector – and claims it has gone nationwide.

No it hasn’t, at least not in my experience of working in all kinds of councils around the country over the past decade.

Most councils, far from being ideological about smashing up the public sector, have been trying their best to mitigate the impact of the ideology and policies of austerity that successive governments have put in place since the coalition introduced the first round of cuts in 2010.


Source: Don’t blame councils for the harm done by government ideology | Joanne Fry | Society | The Guardian

One thought on “Don’t blame councils for the harm done by government ideology | Joanne Fry | Society | The Guardian

  1. I agree with a good deal of this article, but there where many instances of not good practice within many councils well before this Conservative Government and the implementation of Austerity.

    Just in my own experiences I can go back over 30 years and in many respects it is the councils and also health wielding their power over the areas and people they are supposed to engage with.

    Even when they do engage, they keep people who are willing to give their time for free at a very long arms length.

    There is in my own council and I expect many other councils, much talk of Co-production , but firstly all parties within the co-production project need to agree on the principles of co-production, For here again councils and health authorities wield their power without any thought to the participating partners within the co-production projects.

    All should be equal, all aspects of the co-production need to be agreed by all and the outcomes are jointly owned by all the paricipating partners and not totally owned by the councils and health authorities.

    With consultations there needs to be effective and timely feedback and not just apparently for it to disappear down a ‘black hole’. Not to be seen again until someone, maybe some years later, have a thought on what they believe to be a new concept and the process starts all over again and most likely the same conclusions, never to be seen again, until, then we start all over again.

    This is a never ending process.

    However, the Government of today and tomorrow need to consider their own actions, for they continually direct new approaches to local councils without any funding being provided to deal with the new approaches and then blame the councils when failure is achieved because of lack of funding.

    Where is the openness, the honesty and the transparency, in most instances there is none.


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