Privatisation

I HEARD on the radio today that government wants to privatise children’s services and child protection and am appalled, as guess who is on the sidelines waiting to take over these services?? SERCO and G4s. The very same companies have already admitted fraud over the tagging of dead prisoners etc. and have been part of the disastrous capability for work testing of disabled claimants.

Apart from being grossly inefficient they are only out to make money and don’t seem to care about what happens once they’ve got it.

I wouldn’t trust them to look after my cat let alone to look after the wellbeing of vulnerable and abused children.

Ann Poyser Stockton Road Newport

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9:11am Tue 27 May 14

Mervyn James says...

Can they privatise what doesn't actually exist in Gwent as a 'service' ? Social workers only work P/T in Newport now,and have recently sacked all their extra-curricular support to young disabled and autstics too. Privatizing services relies on companies being PAID for those services, and as the LA/SS haven't any money, and certainly won't pay private companies either, what is the point ? Private companies rely on SS approving 'Direct Payments' to cover costs, but the rules on qualifying and assent for payment comes from.... SS, who are in no position to pay out, if they were, they would be providing a service now. They are closing down all services they did provide because the coffers are empty, privatization won't consider it without money up front.
Can they privatise what doesn't actually exist in Gwent as a 'service' ? Social workers only work P/T in Newport now,and have recently sacked all their extra-curricular support to young disabled and autstics too. Privatizing services relies on companies being PAID for those services, and as the LA/SS haven't any money, and certainly won't pay private companies either, what is the point ? Private companies rely on SS approving 'Direct Payments' to cover costs, but the rules on qualifying and assent for payment comes from.... SS, who are in no position to pay out, if they were, they would be providing a service now. They are closing down all services they did provide because the coffers are empty, privatization won't consider it without money up front. Mervyn James
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1:10pm Wed 28 May 14

varteg1 says...

Lets look at the privatisation process in total.


Ask yourself why most of the state enterprises were nationalised....coul
d it have been they were failures in private hands?

Looking further, have any of those privatised since Thatcher actually been a success, maybe one or two have,l because of what...Monopoly position, or 'protected' status, i.e. public transport.
Lets look at the privatisation process in total. Ask yourself why most of the state enterprises were nationalised....coul d it have been they were failures in private hands? Looking further, have any of those privatised since Thatcher actually been a success, maybe one or two have,l because of what...Monopoly position, or 'protected' status, i.e. public transport. varteg1
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4:12pm Fri 30 May 14

landyman3030 says...

varteg1 wrote:
Lets look at the privatisation process in total.


Ask yourself why most of the state enterprises were nationalised....coul

d it have been they were failures in private hands?

Looking further, have any of those privatised since Thatcher actually been a success, maybe one or two have,l because of what...Monopoly position, or 'protected' status, i.e. public transport.
The privatisation of our utility and core industries which was dreamt up and started by Thatcher in the heady age of the yuppies and council house shareholders was i believe the biggest nail in the UK coffin. In many countries they invite private investment but retain the majority share so that the public office can remain in control of the industry, safeguarding the publics rights.
Many of these industries remain in business today, making a good profit for everybody who has shares at the expense of the punter which is me and you.
British Rail was villified decades ago for being massively in efficient and over staffed by over zealous, lazy staff.
Yet the rail system that survives today is massively propped up financially with our money whilst the private rail companies charge what they want for cattle class service.
If an industry is privatized it should not receive any government investment at all and if it cannot survive the industry should return to nationalization. It can't do any worse.
If they try to privatize these services they should be thrown out of office and banned for life.
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: Lets look at the privatisation process in total. Ask yourself why most of the state enterprises were nationalised....coul d it have been they were failures in private hands? Looking further, have any of those privatised since Thatcher actually been a success, maybe one or two have,l because of what...Monopoly position, or 'protected' status, i.e. public transport.[/p][/quote]The privatisation of our utility and core industries which was dreamt up and started by Thatcher in the heady age of the yuppies and council house shareholders was i believe the biggest nail in the UK coffin. In many countries they invite private investment but retain the majority share so that the public office can remain in control of the industry, safeguarding the publics rights. Many of these industries remain in business today, making a good profit for everybody who has shares at the expense of the punter which is me and you. British Rail was villified decades ago for being massively in efficient and over staffed by over zealous, lazy staff. Yet the rail system that survives today is massively propped up financially with our money whilst the private rail companies charge what they want for cattle class service. If an industry is privatized it should not receive any government investment at all and if it cannot survive the industry should return to nationalization. It can't do any worse. If they try to privatize these services they should be thrown out of office and banned for life. landyman3030
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