Council is twice the size it should be

First published in Letters

WE HAVE a farcical situation here in Blaenau Gwent where our council is three times bigger than Cardiff council per head of population; and at 42 councillors for a population of 69,000 people, we have more councillors per head of population than any other council in the UK.

And in an effort to reduce the deficit, we are having unprecedented cuts to our public services.

We no longer have any public toilets in the borough, we are reduced to one waste salvage site (which has increased the amount of fly tipping), numerous community sites have been closed, students are facing a possible cut to their travelling costs, plus many more cuts. We are faced with an unattainable challenge in virtually paying for and sustaining two councils, such is the number of our councillors in relation to the population. This which is unjustifiable and completely indefensible and presents the people of this borough with an insurmountable challenge., and Far from being an asset to the borough, our council is a burden. If the number of councillors we have was representative of other councils, we would be saving several hundred thousand pounds per year, which would alleviate the need for many of the cuts we have had to contend with.

Many of the population who complain to each other about how the cuts affect them should be far more vocal and make their voices heard. Why are they paying for two councils? Why are services being cut instead of councillors? Are they happy to be paying for and sustaining two councils while enduring cuts to public services to save money? The council themselves should provide a few answers to the people they purport to represent and be looking after.

Ralph Hanney, Aberbeeg

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3:59pm Mon 30 Jun 14

coalpicker says...

Ralph Hanney is right of course, however he failed to make the other very relevant point that Blaenau Gwent like the other four Gwent councils duplicated the staffing structure of the County Council IE. FIVE Chief officers
and their entourages, deputy's and their assistants ,in effect the people of Gwent were ripped off big time. Now we see the disaster that is the assembly trying to restructure by the back door , one guess who will pay
the bill.
Ralph Hanney is right of course, however he failed to make the other very relevant point that Blaenau Gwent like the other four Gwent councils duplicated the staffing structure of the County Council IE. FIVE Chief officers and their entourages, deputy's and their assistants ,in effect the people of Gwent were ripped off big time. Now we see the disaster that is the assembly trying to restructure by the back door , one guess who will pay the bill. coalpicker
  • Score: 13

6:50pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BobEvams2014 says...

When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English
When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English BobEvams2014
  • Score: -8

7:04pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Neilwharton says...

More councillors than Birmingham so I'm led to believe. What exactly do these councillors do other than claim money to attend meetings that they pay no attention too. Maybe the council should have looked at reducing the amount of councillors by at least half , then maybe they wouldn't have to make all these cuts to public services. While we are on the subject how is it that the council employs all these people in high powered jobs, earning in excess of £50,000 then when decisions need to be made they are incapable of doing this and instead bring in a consultancy firm and pay them god knows how much to do their jobs for them. I think as per usual the council started at the bottom and cut services instead of looking at the freeloading bosses who couldn't make a decision if their lives depended on it. I'm sure the council are well aware of what an absolute joke they have become. How about some of these high paid fat cats falling on their swords and saving the council more money and embarrassment, maybe the consultancy firm being employed by Blaenau Gwent Council could look into this, I'm sure that option is better than cutting services that are vital to the borough.
More councillors than Birmingham so I'm led to believe. What exactly do these councillors do other than claim money to attend meetings that they pay no attention too. Maybe the council should have looked at reducing the amount of councillors by at least half , then maybe they wouldn't have to make all these cuts to public services. While we are on the subject how is it that the council employs all these people in high powered jobs, earning in excess of £50,000 then when decisions need to be made they are incapable of doing this and instead bring in a consultancy firm and pay them god knows how much to do their jobs for them. I think as per usual the council started at the bottom and cut services instead of looking at the freeloading bosses who couldn't make a decision if their lives depended on it. I'm sure the council are well aware of what an absolute joke they have become. How about some of these high paid fat cats falling on their swords and saving the council more money and embarrassment, maybe the consultancy firm being employed by Blaenau Gwent Council could look into this, I'm sure that option is better than cutting services that are vital to the borough. Neilwharton
  • Score: 11

7:56pm Mon 30 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

BobEvams2014 wrote:
When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English
i bet you vote labour cause your father did
[quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English[/p][/quote]i bet you vote labour cause your father did scraptheWAG
  • Score: 8

8:57pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BobEvams2014 says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
BobEvams2014 wrote:
When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English
i bet you vote labour cause your father did
I will be voting UKIP, I want no holidays, no NHS, no Employment rights - yes VOTE UKIP
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English[/p][/quote]i bet you vote labour cause your father did[/p][/quote]I will be voting UKIP, I want no holidays, no NHS, no Employment rights - yes VOTE UKIP BobEvams2014
  • Score: -6

11:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

BobEvams2014 wrote:
scraptheWAG wrote:
BobEvams2014 wrote:
When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English
i bet you vote labour cause your father did
I will be voting UKIP, I want no holidays, no NHS, no Employment rights - yes VOTE UKIP
Sounds to me like you would be better suited living in one of the Eastern European countries where you can not get these things. You'll be an anomaly at that countries border control. Somebody coming IN to the country! That's a new one. Leave your door keys with David Cameron on the way out will you? He'll make sure they'll be given to a deserving leech on the way in.
People here feel like they have no NHS as people die in ambulances sat outside hospitals in Wales. People here have no employment rights as millions are forced to work zero hours jobs with blackmail the key to how much work you get next week. And you gotta have a job to have a holiday...Tell me how it's going to be so different again......
[quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobEvams2014[/bold] wrote: When UKIP win the next General Election, all Labour Controlled Councils will be declared void, and a UKIP approved Govenor General will be appointed to run Wales in the best interest of the English[/p][/quote]i bet you vote labour cause your father did[/p][/quote]I will be voting UKIP, I want no holidays, no NHS, no Employment rights - yes VOTE UKIP[/p][/quote]Sounds to me like you would be better suited living in one of the Eastern European countries where you can not get these things. You'll be an anomaly at that countries border control. Somebody coming IN to the country! That's a new one. Leave your door keys with David Cameron on the way out will you? He'll make sure they'll be given to a deserving leech on the way in. People here feel like they have no NHS as people die in ambulances sat outside hospitals in Wales. People here have no employment rights as millions are forced to work zero hours jobs with blackmail the key to how much work you get next week. And you gotta have a job to have a holiday...Tell me how it's going to be so different again...... landyman3030
  • Score: 10

2:10pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

Wales needs to be reorganised to cut the cost of administration and to ensure the services are better run

Have 5 Regional Councils for Wales and have a single Fire, Police and Ambulance service. These would be organised on a Regional basis

The number of councillors would be reduced with about 50 councillors per regional council

The regional councils would lose control of social services which would be moved to be under the NHS
Wales needs to be reorganised to cut the cost of administration and to ensure the services are better run Have 5 Regional Councils for Wales and have a single Fire, Police and Ambulance service. These would be organised on a Regional basis The number of councillors would be reduced with about 50 councillors per regional council The regional councils would lose control of social services which would be moved to be under the NHS Bobevans
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Japan1 says...

Couldn't agree more with Bobevans the sooner we reduce the massive duplication in the Welsh government system the better. If these executives lose their jobs, so be it we're constantly told how valuable they think they are so they'll have no problems finding new jobs that will see them very well remunerated. The fact that the the Assembly refuses to impose any sort of leadership with regard to this issue is utterly shameful. How much are we paying these primping prima donnas to say and do nothing. If they are unwilling to make the difficuilt decisions then step aside and let those who will do so. Sadly they are all cut from the same cloth and they will have a less secure future without all their friends in local government should they ever lose thier place on the Assembly gravy train.
Couldn't agree more with Bobevans the sooner we reduce the massive duplication in the Welsh government system the better. If these executives lose their jobs, so be it we're constantly told how valuable they think they are so they'll have no problems finding new jobs that will see them very well remunerated. The fact that the the Assembly refuses to impose any sort of leadership with regard to this issue is utterly shameful. How much are we paying these primping prima donnas to say and do nothing. If they are unwilling to make the difficuilt decisions then step aside and let those who will do so. Sadly they are all cut from the same cloth and they will have a less secure future without all their friends in local government should they ever lose thier place on the Assembly gravy train. Japan1
  • Score: 1

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