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Council should be judged by its deeds, not by its words
2:09pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Salisbury Letters
AT the full council meeting of Wiltshire Council, I drew attention to proposals from the staffing committee to massively increase the salaries of senior staff, whereas “ordinary” staff were limited by law to just a one per cent increase.
As was to be expected with a built in Tory majority, these proposals were duly passed.
Since then the media and public have been extremely hostile to Jane Scott and her Tory administration. All manner of people have contacted me.
It seems that the Coalition Government’s mantra “We are all in this together” has been completely exposed. As I said at the council meeting: “Judge them by their deeds not their words.”
Since then Wiltshire Council’s PR department has been in overdrive.
First, it was claimed that the size of the salary increases, which I took from the staffing committee report, was wrong.
Well, that can easily be resolved.
Jane Scott should make public who gets what and what they got previously. Then the public can judge whether or not they are massive increases.
Second, it was claimed that scale and formula for the appropriate salary had not changed for over ten years – going back to the old Wiltshire Council.
But who has been in charge all this time and apparently did nothing to make relevant adjustments? Who has, it seems, been negligent and incompetent?
Yes, Jane Scott and the Tories.
Next, Jane Scott tells us that unless these senior salaries are massively increased, then Wiltshire Council will not be able to fill vital senior positions.
As far as I know the one such unfulfilled position is in social work. It could be said that the fact that Wiltshire Council’s Children’s social work department was officially graded “inadequate” is a major factor for the lack of takers.
Also, there is a national shortage of social workers. Again it is obvious who was in charge when this “inadequate” label was attached to Wiltshire Council.
Again it is negligence and incompetence.
The council’s PR people can spin as much as they like in attempting to defend Jane Scott’s administration, but the public are increasingly getting their number.
They are being judged by their deeds, rather than by their smooth words. In this judgement they are found wanting.
JEFF OSBORN, Independent Wiltshire Councillor
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