Over and over, again and again, both right and left are getting it wrong. When will they finally see? Take this, for example, from the usually clearthinking TPA:
On Tuesday we revealed new research on the cost of unnecessary staff at local councils. We identified non-frontline workers doing jobs that could be cut without putting frontline services at risk and produced a full list of how many Climate Change Officers, Political Advisors, Diversity Officers and European Officers are working at each council.
Yes, no doubt there are masses of non-jobs in councils, in the civil service – everywhere. Now, have the TPA and others considered what will happen when those jobs are axed? Fine, we save lots of dosh and that magical deficit is reduced. Very responsible.
Where do those thrown out of work go?
They go onto the dole, don’t they? Because the job market is tight and there’s no industry start-ups anywhere, no business climate – “no nuthin”. So the welfare queues become bloated, which yes, is a reduction of substantial proportions overall but and this is the big But:
That then puts pressure on the councils for housing benefits and on the dwp for mortgage protection. So the result of the “savings” is that there are no net savings, plus you’ve created a situation you were attempting to end.
You can’t start axing jobs unless there is somewhere for those people to go which doesn’t come back on the taxpayer via a backdoor. In other words, there has to be industry first, businesses, shops. Now, if you’re heartless and don’t care about those hundreds of thousands out of work, at least consider that they are now costing you in dole money and housing benefits, via your taxes and council taxes.