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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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And so it goes

Posted by davidburbage on March 28, 2009

At the end of the month, we’re going to see the end of a number of Councils. Two County Councils are going completely (Bedfordshire and Cheshire) – others turn from being counties into unitary counties (Cornwall, Durham, Northumberland, Shropshire and Wiltshire).

The whole exercise seems a bit fraught, and looking at Bedfordshire’s website they seem to be ending with a fizzling out rather than with a ‘bang’.

It’s also an opportunity to exercise the endless jargon of empty words we have to endure in local government. In the LGA (First) magazine today, for example, we have the Chief Exec of Durham County Council saying they will have

“Major initiatives .. a developing new economic strategy .. partnership framework .. exciting community engagement model”.

I’m the Leader of a Unitary Council – and I don’t know what any of that really means. What is the difference between the old economic strategy and new one? Did the old one fail? If so, why? Are the good citizens of County Durham better off with less Government or more (that question is unlikely to be posed in the economic strategy)? Will it address that fundamental part of the economic problem there that 57% of expenditure in the North East is spent on unproductive Government and suggest reducing its own size . . . ?

What is an exciting community engagement model? Is it Miss North East 2009?

What is a partnership framework? A new way of holding lengthy meetings between well-paid public officials?

Is it, maybe, the same as this (a Framework for Partnership)? If you manage to read every word of that, and understand what will be different for Mrs Miggins at number 78, you’re doing better than me.

As someone (a fellow Conservative) said to me, if you sent the Government to buy you a loaf of bread at the corner shop, they’d take six months, and come back with a selection of other goods (which would be far better for you, naturally) – and charge you a hundred and fifty quid.

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One Response to “And so it goes”

  1. Chris said

    57% of money in the NE is spent on unproductive government?!! Good grief! And I thought Glasgow was bad employing 70% of the city’s workforce in the public sector and 65% in council housing.

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