Financial sustainability and the impact of funding reductions on local authorities 2014


Below are two reports from the National Audit Office

Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014* from the National Audit Office

An extract ‘Local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress. The Department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities’ financial sustainability and the impacts of funding cuts on services, according to the National Audit Office. ……………..’

The Impact of Funding Reductions on Local Authorities* from the National Audit Office

An extract ‘Local authorities have coped well with reductions in government funding, but some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of financial stress. The Department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities’ financial sustainability and the impacts of funding cuts on services, according to the National Audit Office………………’

While this is not a coment on the details of the reports, by viewing each report you will see how the National Audit Office appears to respond to managing its costs. As it appears the same report is being used in each instance, so it is two reports for the cost of one.

As to what it is saying, just what is it saying?  Starts by saying ‘ Local authorities have coped well…’, then goes on to say ‘some groups of authorities are showing clear signs of Financial stress….’ then further states ‘The department for Communities and Local Government has a limited understanding of authorities..’

So what is it, are they coping well or have clear signs of financial stress, I would say the latter. But then it is correct to say the Dept for Communities and Local Government do have a limited understanding of authorities, or should it be no understanding?

For many authorities the Government austerity cuts are having a massive impact on local authorites and many essential services are being seen to be suffering, as are the persons who rely on these services.

Enough is enough the funding for essential services as to be safeguarded and the Government needs to understand this and act accordingly, for at the momment it appears they do not care.

 

* Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

Child abuse is it teachers reponsibility to report.


Child abuse

Why single out children, abuse is rife in the UK society of today, to any one classed as being vulnerable or being a person who may be at risk. This includes children, the elderly, the persons with a disability or in effect any person who is at risk from a person with power or assumed power. This power person could be a parent, a relative, a stranger, a friend, an employer, a work colleague, the list is endless. This is because an abuser could be anybody and the abused could be anybody, it only takes someone in a state of power or assumed power to commit abusive acts to someone who they know or feel is in a vulnerable state.

Then, in effect, all persons should be resonsible for reporting any acts of assumed abuse. It would then be the responsiblity of the appropriate bodies to investigate and to then act accordingly.

Immigration, can our towns cope?


Coping with immigration

Come 2014 the current immigration restrictions applying to the people from Bulgaria and Romania who wish to emigrate to other EU countries, will be removed. It is assumed many of these people will be requiring work in farming and agriculture and may decide to come to the UK, due to our extensive range of benefits. This ranges from free health and education to benefit subsidies for housing and every day living. With their assumed background of farming and agriculture, they will most likely move to areas were this type of work is to be found, which will be mainly small towns and villages. Due to the small populations of these areas, a sudden influx of non-UK people would have serious effects on the services of these areas.

This will be in addition to the numbers of people from similar EU countries, where large numbers have already come to the UK. One such area is Boston, which has already felt the strain the number of persons coming to the UK through EU immigration have placed on the services in Boston. But certain academicspoliticians and some business leaders think otherwise and feel the various services can still cope.

All these people who say large scale immigration is good for the UK and that our services are coping, should have the immigrants housed nearby to them. Also, if they have spare capacity in their own accommodation, they should be told to house some immigrants in their spare rooms. You would be surprised, how their attitudes would change. This is not racial, just a matter of economics. If services are not coping now, a further influx is bound to increase the degree of coping, making the situation worse for all concerned.

Due to the current financial situation in the UK, virtually all areas,which are financed by public monies are being told to find savings, which in many cases is leading to front line services being reduced or in some cases withdrawn. To place a further burden on these services in 2014, will be creating an impossible situation to manage for the benefit of the whole community.

Why do people of supposed intellect, feel they are more qualified to discuss matters than anyone else. They have obtained qualifications in their field of study and therefore feel they are more qualified than other people.

But people confuse obtaining qualifications with the ability to understand life and have intelligent thought. Qualifications are only a tool to obtain reasonable employment, they do not provide for the skills of life and applying intelligence to everyday living.

To some obtaining qualifications, only increases their degree of arrogance to their fellow beings. Whether this is intentional or not, only they themselves can comment.

HMRC Telephone Rip Off


HMRC premium rate call charges

All companies and especially public organisations should be banned from using a premium rate telephone number.

HMRC, as should all companies, solely using premium rate telephone numbers for telephone access, be made to provide access by telephone numbers starting with either 01 or 02, the STD codes for the UK, depending on where they are in the UK.

Also with more and more people only using mobile phones, any call from a mobile phone to a premium rate number will be more expensive than phoning from a land line telephone.

I always, where a telephone number is 08…. except of course 0800 (Free telephone code), check to see if they have an International number, if they do I substitute 0 for the +44, the UK International code. In most cases this will convert the number to the standard STD code telephone number. Our own GP used to have an 08 number, but due to complaints and comments from registered patients they have now changed to an 01 number.

Do not put up with a bad or indifferent service, everyone should register their complaints on a formal basis. Also, why not invoice the organisation for the cost of the call, especially when you have waited and the only answer was an automated voice and you are waiting in an ever ending queue, hoping a human voice will eventually make contact. So much of your time wasted.

Take charge of the situation, by not doing so bad service is allowed to continue.