Please clarify

IN a letter published in the Malvern Gazette on November 2, Councillor Paul Swinburn makes some statements which call for further explanation.

He refers to “some 150 staff directly employed” by the council. Does this mean that there are a number of indirectly employed staff? How many?

He also claims that “we have reduced our staff and senior managers by 40 per cent in the past five years”.

40 per cent is a sizeable number and I would have expected to see a sizeable reduction in the council tax I pay to MHDC.

Instead it has risen by £8.40 over the last five years. How come?

Previously, chief executive Chris Bocock had warned that a further reduction in the government grants could lead to cuts in frontline services. Has he considered the alternative of cutting the salaries of the senior management team and taking a salary cut himself?

A 40 per cent reduction in MHDC staff implies a sizeable reduction in managerial responsibilities and a review of salaries at the top would seem overdue.

ALISTAIR MACMILLAN Malvern

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10:50am Tue 20 Nov 12

THE FACTS says...

YES I AGREE.
40 % LESS STAFF MEANS LESS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MANAGERS.
WHEN THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE SUFFICIENT RESPONSIBILITIES TO JUSTIFY THE EMPLOYMENT OF A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM OF 6 IN THE FIRST PLACE ... NOW THERE IS EVEN LESS JUSTIFICATION.
COMPARED TO PRIVATE INDUSTRY MHDC DOES NOT NEED A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM AT ALL.
TOO MANY (VERY SENIOR) CHIEFS.
YES I AGREE. 40 % LESS STAFF MEANS LESS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MANAGERS. WHEN THERE DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE SUFFICIENT RESPONSIBILITIES TO JUSTIFY THE EMPLOYMENT OF A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM OF 6 IN THE FIRST PLACE ... NOW THERE IS EVEN LESS JUSTIFICATION. COMPARED TO PRIVATE INDUSTRY MHDC DOES NOT NEED A SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM AT ALL. TOO MANY (VERY SENIOR) CHIEFS. THE FACTS

1:46pm Tue 20 Nov 12

sarah and her chickens says...

Having sat through the planning meeting and watched Bocock and Williams comedy of errors I would wonder if we should not be investigating them for bringing our council into disrepute.
That level of incompetence takes some achieving.especially having the wrong plan in the minutes.
Having sat through the planning meeting and watched Bocock and Williams comedy of errors I would wonder if we should not be investigating them for bringing our council into disrepute. That level of incompetence takes some achieving.especially having the wrong plan in the minutes. sarah and her chickens

10:34am Fri 23 Nov 12

Allan Whitehead says...

Having read the Comment s made by Sarah and Her Chickens. I decided to investigate the implication of her statement “Comedy of Errors” and found the following Quote “The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and play on words” I was aware that many items dealt with by Malvern Hills District Council appeared to be somewhat farcical. Therefore, it brings in another Quote “Known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities, and metropolises for more than 400 years.” Unquote and it would appear that at least two members who on a joint salary of £161,153.00 do not seem to have instilled confidence in their audience according to the observation made.
Having read the Comment s made by Sarah and Her Chickens. I decided to investigate the implication of her statement “Comedy of Errors” and found the following Quote “The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and play on words” I was aware that many items dealt with by Malvern Hills District Council appeared to be somewhat farcical. Therefore, it brings in another Quote “Known throughout the world, the works of William Shakespeare have been performed in countless hamlets, villages, cities, and metropolises for more than 400 years.” Unquote and it would appear that at least two members who on a joint salary of £161,153.00 do not seem to have instilled confidence in their audience according to the observation made. Allan Whitehead

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