Tuesday, 15 October 2013

R.CT. Start cutting from the bottom .


Wales Online  Report that Coun Anthony Christopher, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf council, has described the situation as an 'Armageddon scenario' for local government as it tries to bridge its £56m funding gap.
Five initial proposals – affecting nursery and pre-nursery children, youth services, libraries, day centres, and the Meal on Wheels service –  have now been drafted and will be considered by cabinet next week, with further options being brought forward in the coming weeks.
The first of the proposals put forward would see three year olds starting school the term following their third birthday on a part-time, rather than the current full-time basis.
This would then turn full-time when they start reception the September after their fourth birthday.
Under the proposals more than half of the libraries in the county borough would also be closed as well as almost half of its day centres - leading to dozens of expected job losses.
Youth Provision, which targets 11 to 25 year olds, is also expected to be affected by the axe, with plans proposed to centralise clubs and services in the county borough’s 17 secondary schools.
Under the plans, Meals on Wheels would also stop providing hot meals seven days a week and instead deliver hot meals from Monday to Friday, with two additional chilled meals being delivered on a Friday for consumption over the weekend.

Once again it looks like a council are going for cuts which are easy to implement .

We do not see for instance proposals to cut the number and pay of Senior Council Officials .

Indeed as in other Welsh Councils the Chief Executive and his immediate deputies are sitting pretty.

Nor do we see Anthony Christopher and his fellow councillors taking a cut in pay .

It is inevitable that cuts are going to be made and every council in Wales are going to have to make them .

But the question is . Do they go for easy cuts or do they look at tgier entire operation abd star not at the bottom but at the Top?

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