Councils Still Creating Non Jobs
by Ian R Thorpe.
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: job, jobs, work, employment, austerity, spending, cuts, budget, deficit, political, politically, correct, council, councils, public, sector, services, posts
Meanwhile irresponsible and subhumanly stupid Labour councillors who run most of our big cities and urban areas are pressing ahead with their plan to put us at the mercy of the New World Order financiers by continuing to recruit shitloads of people to fill politically correct 'non - jobs' while pleading the government cuts are forcing them to lay off staff providing front - line services.
The first survey of local authorities since the coalition came to power last May has found that town halls created more than 4,000 new posts during the period.
Despite the public sector being required to make sweeping cuts, councils have advertised for posts as relevant as a "woodfuel development officer", "new media communications officer" and "healthy workplace coordinators".
Last night Eric (Who ate all the pies) Pickles, the communities secretary, said the appointments were "self indulgent" and "irresponsible".
The findings come as councils are under increasing financial pressure to cut costs by increasing charges, cutting bureaucracy and closing facilities such as libraries.
Mr Pickles repeated his accusation that some authorities are making "politically-motivated" cuts, ahead of next month's local elections and blaming the Conservative - Liberal Democrat coalition government coalition for the decline in the quality of services on which the public rely. The Labour councils are also protecting vanity projects politically correct initiatives and bloated bureaucracies. The government are desperately trying to reduce spending by the blosated public sector in order to reduce the crippling structural deficit handed to them by the outgoing Labour government.
The research show that in total, 205 councils have created a total of 4,148 new posts since May 1 last year.
Most have reduced their overall staffing levels during the period but the study found that while doing so, many have continued to create brand new roles for "communications officers", "equality officers" "climate change staff", minorities support officers and social cohesion workers.
Councils have also recruited teams of workers to enhance the "wellbeing" of staff and "customers", as well as "life skills" experts, who teach members of the public basic tasks such as ironing and possibly how to wipe their own arses..
The figures also reveal an increase in such jobs as "walking coordinators", "obesity strategy officers", "lean practicioners" and "active" workers, whose job is to encourage the public to pursue more healthy lifestyles.
In Anglesey, where no party has overall control of the council, while 48 council jobs and 16 teachers are to be cut, the authority has created new posts for an "age friendly communities" manager – to make the island a better place to live for older residents – a walking and cycling officer, a "community conservation" officer – to run "green gym" schemes, where people are encouraged to create community gardens and plant trees – and an "Energy Island" programme office administrator, to promote renewable energy. The council insisted the roles would benefit Anglesey economicallybut did not explain how.
In Hastings, the Labour-run council has increased parking charges, shut down public lavatories, reduced maintenance of allotments, cut the budget for lifeguards, closed the local museum one day a week, and is planning job cuts. But it has also created 25 new jobs including three "active women officers" whose job is to get local women involved in netball, athletics, cycling, badminton, rounders, tennis, table tennis or swimming. A spokesman justified these posts saying they could help to reduce costs to the taxpayer by increasing fitness levels. Yeah, right.
A post, created by Tory-run Charnwood council – where charges for using public lavatories have been introduced and job cuts are planned – is for a member of staff to encourage asylum seekers and ethnic minorities to get involved in nature conservation projects. It is partly funded with Lottery money
Mr Pickles said: "The public will be very unimpressed to see some pet project promoted when front line services are being chopped.
"These recruitment decisions are made at a local level and it is up to local people to let their council know exactly how they feel about what can only be described as irresponsible, short-sighted appointments.
"There are people on the front line who will be losing their jobs because of the self-aggrandisement and self indulgence of these appointments."
He added: "It is pretty clear that a number of Labour-run authorities are cutting front line services and blaming the Tories, but I think people are rumbling them. Councils should be grown up and take responsibility rather than expecting everything to be decided for them at the centre. We gave the clearest indication that there would be significant reductions in public expenditure.
"They have ignored that advice and will be delivering – because of these non-jobs – a worse service to the public."
Councils around the country have recruited numeroust climate change awareness workers, equality rights officers, communications staff and other “non jobs”, while sacking police and fire officers, care staff, waste disposal teams and other local and county authority services.
Our satirical companion Boggart Blog covered this isue in A Career In Substance Abuse. In that article some of the crazier jobs created in the name of politcal correctness are highlighted. Below we show you some of the latest non - njobs dreamed up by tree hugging weirdie - beardie council executives. Most of these were collected from The Guardian public service recruitment supplement published every wednesday.
Community Development & Equalities Officer - Tewkesbury; £24,646 to £26,276
"An exciting opportunity.... to develop and implement the Council's role in community development with a particular focus on communities of interest. You will also be required to assist in the monitoring and other activities associated with the Council's duty to meet appropriate Equalities Standards
Healthy walks co-ordinator - Forest of Dean; £14,733 to £15,444
"Promote and increase physical activity levels through healthy walking ... targeting the socially excluded, the inactive and people living in areas of high deprivation. Work with the Lifestyle Coach to expand the 'Fancy a Walk' scheme. Ensure all duties and responsibilities ... are carried out with due regard to health and safety best practice, equal opportunities procedure and follows financial regulations
Project support worker (Voice of My Own) - Scottish Borders, £19,024.64 to £21,135.84 pro rata (fixed term contract)
"Video empowerment project aimed at, and led by, young people aged between 11 and 25 ... It combines creative film-making with social inclusion aims. Assist in developing fund-raising bids and liaise with participating groups and individuals."
Family Lifestyles Officer - Rugby; £19,126 to £21,519 pro rata
"Reduce childhood obesity in various ways including the provision of evidence-based structured nine-week family-based workshops promoting the benefits of exercise and nutrition. The programmes will support families with overweight and/or obese children to maintain a healthy weight using a holistic approach."
Active villages co-ordinator - Teignbridge, £10,228;
"Provide long term sustainable sports participation opportunities. The Active Villages concept is positioned in the introductory/informal sport segment of the market ...neither as a specific 'public health' initiative to deliver health-based physical activity interventions, nor a 'sports excellence' programme aimed at identifying talented performers who wish to engage in serious competition."
Life Skills and Positive Activities Officer - Ryedale; £19,000 to £21,500 pro rata (fixed term contract)
"Assist the promotion of positive activities and healthy lifestyles to clients of the housing options team, especially those residing in temporary accommodation. Provide practical assistance for basic living skills such as: washing, ironing, cleaning and shopping etc."
Workplace travel plan coordinator - Havant; £20,198 to £22,221, part time, pro rata (fixed term contract)
"Raise awareness of transport issues and the alternative means of accessing and providing services to both staff and customers. This is a new, high profile role within the Council and you will be responsible for the development, promotion and implementation of our Travel Plan."
Gypsy Romany Traveller Community Cohesion Officer - Herefordshire, £22,221 to £26,276
Council's vision is "To create in Herefordshire an environment where different communities, the traditionally nomadic and the traditionally settled, live in harmony and where all have access to the basic needs and benefits which characterise an inclusive society."
New media improvement assistant - Perth and Kinross; £16,086 to £17,587
"Support the development and operation of the council's website and intranet in line with the council's Corporate New Media Strategy. Assist in ensuring the council's website conforms to legislative requirements (Disability and Discrimination Act) and established web standards (W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines)."
Woodfuel development officer - West Sussex; £32,800 to £35,430
"You will be required to operate as a stimulus for the expansion of the woodland products market and to make a substantial contribution to the establishment of a wood fuel supply chain through positively influencing key policy makers, suppliers and end users."
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