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Got something to say? / Micro Focus
« Last post by Number 6 on September 02, 2017, 11:27:27 am »
Now that Micro Focus are the largest tech company in the country let's hope our council concentrate their energies on using their planning powers to help them stay in Newbury. With their existing head office full to overflowing an accommodating approach to their needs could well create further inward investment in Newbury, with the subsequent employment and revenue wealth that would generate. This would seem a proper use of the councils planning powers rather than it's more speculative schemes.
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Got something to say? / Re: Conflict of Interests ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 15, 2017, 08:50:45 pm »
Interesting article. If I did not know better it could be seen as a warning salvo in a turf war ? p.s. I know nothing !

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/22093/very-strong-message-to-developers-after-thatcham-appeals-turned-down.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Conflict of Interests ?
« Last post by Old Goat on August 13, 2017, 09:55:19 pm »
Conflict of interest is inevitable as Unitary and Parish level Councillors scrabble amongst themselves for what little real work and responsibility is left to local government.  It's made even worse round here by political gaming. I would say that local government is now a joke; trouble is, that's not funny.
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Got something to say? / Conflict of Interests ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 09, 2017, 11:16:14 am »
I notice in this article on the rejection of two schemes for housing in Thatcham that mention is made of the Councils Market Place scheme offering alternative provision. Is there a risk that a potential conflict of interest in planning applications and decisions could arise as the council develops it's own property building empire ? Certainly two viable schemes seem to have been flattened in preference to two controversial ones.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/22045/minister-rejects-two-housing-developments-for-thatcham.html
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Got something to say? / A very careful use of words ?
« Last post by Number 6 on August 05, 2017, 11:21:12 am »
It would seem that as ambitions grow for the property developing role for our council that the use of plausible deniability about what was actually said and meant is growing amongst our leaders.  Could it be that a mega development of high quality flats is planned with a tiny space below for community use (easily converted at a later date for extra gain as funding is withdrawn ?). Just a thought.

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/22019/newbury-community-building-will-not-be-sold-council-says.html
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Got something to say? / Re: School deficits
« Last post by Number 6 on August 02, 2017, 07:11:57 pm »
Yes you are right. The current Conservative party is just a clone of New Labour and have totally failed to get to grips with almost every problem the country faces. Maybe, though it just reflects the opinions and attitudes of the country as a whole - in which case we are in serious trouble. Maybe a good time to start researching a bolt hole.
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Got something to say? / Re: School deficits
« Last post by Old Goat on August 02, 2017, 11:47:13 am »
I suspect under the present political regime this is an insoluble problem.  It's been made far, far worse because our schools have become an arm of Social Services.  The politicisation of teaching unions has significantly excaserbated the issue.  Examples?  Huge sums spent unnecessarily upgrading kitchens to provide free meals for primary school kids, most of which ends up in the bin.  Although the supporters of the scheme promised a dramatic and immediate improvement in standards; it's been all quiet on that front!  Then there is the 'pupil premium'; not many realise just what is being doshed out for this!  Two interesting examples of 'education' cash simply wasted.  Yet again, demonstrating that local government is quite defunct.
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Got something to say? / Re: School deficits
« Last post by Number 6 on July 25, 2017, 01:12:00 pm »
A bit of digging around by asking acquaintances with children still of school age suggests that their is still  a complete and utter mess as far is spending is concerned with what looks like a plan to spend vastly more on wages and benefits whilst reducing the spending on children's education itself. In particular as the council identified the costs of supporting those with special needs as a major issue there are reports that they are now reclassifying as many as possible as no longer in this category so as to save on support costs. With the bar set so high that all but the most disabled will qualify the rest will be left to struggle and fail. This is how low our council has sunk in it's attempts to sustain their unsustainable empires and benefits. Totally shameful.  (hint the money is primarily for children's education not your pay and pensions).
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Got something to say? / Re: School deficits
« Last post by Number 6 on July 21, 2017, 11:29:40 am »
Which begs the question how can you employ School Finance Managers without any financial qualifications or background ? Schools run significant budgets which should make a good understanding of finance and budget management essential not optional. If this is the case that they recruit unqualified finance managers then senior management should be held to account. Like turkeys however they will avoid Christmas at all cost.
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Got something to say? / Re: School deficits
« Last post by Old Goat on July 18, 2017, 07:28:07 pm »
Err, probably not.

West Berks employs a 'Schools Finance Manager. Would it be churlish to suggest, that as schools don't employ accountants or even book keepers, the prime purpose of this role would be to ensure schools made already reasonable fist of managing their financial affairs.  Apparently, some schools haven't managed to do this and have started running a deficit. Hold on a minute, isn't this just what many local authorities (governed by much more senior people than mere teachers.

So then, to me, this is just a report saying that at long last the Schools Finance Officer had woken up and started to do the job.  To be perfectly frank, if I was say overall 'Head of Schools' I might be more than a tad upset; but no, this is the public sector, so it's ar5ses covered and blame apportioned.  As the saying goes, 'triples all round'.

Fake news hits NWN!
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