THE very essence of any organisation is to deliver real value for the money it receives from those who pay taxes, locally or nationally, or for goods and services bought from privately run companies.
No business can be run as a welfare outfit, especially when money is tight and it is having to learn to live within its means without pricing itself out of existence.
Labour costs are usually the highest that an organisation has to carry. It is inevitable that, in order to continue to deliver value for money
and to safeguard the services which councils are committed to provide - while at the same time keeping the local tax rates at an affordable level for residents - staffing levels will be scrutinised.
This is not unique, as many other organisations funded by taxpayers are also undertaking similar reviews and discovering that fewer staff are delivering a 'better service', which means that costs can be better and more efficiently managed.
These are inescapable economic facts. But 'politics' will always enter the equation.
Having been the victim of redundancy, I appreciate the other side of the coin only too well.
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