Published: 25th Nov 2011

One day when I finally retire from local government I have promised myself that I will really enjoy December, a time that should be of good cheer, chestnut roasting by an open fire etc. Instead, in our authority it is a time of austere examining of the budgets and a descent into the strange twilight world of local government. In most organisations when people go on strike it is at least partially the fault of the organisation and they are set to lose money. In local government, thanks to the blundering of central government, we have an unnecessary strike which our treasurer thinks will help us balance the budget. In most organisations the fact that a service is popular and heavily used is automatically a good thing and generates income, but in local government it increases costs and is a source of worry for the finance officers. In most organisations … (To read the full article, subscribe below)