It has made me grumpy this week to listen to the Government saying that cutting the public sector even harder over the next few years will make us strong as a country. As someone who works in local government and has seen staff getting cut in swathes and the resulting lowering of the quality of the public sector services we can offer – not to mention no pay rise in 4 years and a change of hours that actually gave me a pay cut….well, it’s somewhat depressing.
I don’t have the answers. I just know that you can’t keep making cuts without services being affected as the government seems to be saying. There is only so much that can be achieved through improved efficiencies. After that you start giving social workers too much to do, leaving huge potholes all over the roads and making people wait 3 months to get their disabled parking badge renewed. I’m not saying that this is all happening now, but it has to be a danger.
Anyway, rant over! I know we have to budget and save money but it does seem relentless sometimes.
Sometimes I think I should stop watching the news and just stick my head in a gardening magazine and dream of the Spring!