Anxiety grows for vulnerable Bexley people as services are already 'cut to the bone'

News Shopper: Unite's Onay Kasab is concerned about the cuts Unite's Onay Kasab is concerned about the cuts

Councillors and union representatives have spoken to News Shopper about how Bexley Council's proposed job losses are a step too far.

The council is suggesting slashing around 360 jobs after central government funding dries up over the next five years.

News Shopper revealed on Friday (July 11) how members are deciding how to plug the £40 million savings gap which must be filled by 2019. 

However some councillors and union representatives are anxious about how the borough will cope with the cuts.

Unite’s Onay Kasab regional representative said: “For that number of jobs to go, it is impossible for that number of jobs to go without there being an impact on services.

“At the moment these services are already either cut or privatised to the bone anyway.

"Particularly with frontline services, it is just not credible. Workers were on strike last week already.

“It is absolute nonsense that the council could cut that many posts and maintain services at the same time.”

Regional organiser for GMB Clive Smith said: "This is really worrying news. We will looking to defend frontline services and to protect our members in the council.

"When the council reduces staff, front line employees will be affected and we are particularly worried about vulnerable members of our society."

UKIP group deputy leader Councillor Chris Beazley said: "I think it is going to have a big effect on residents.

"It is too much for the chief executive to be paid a quarter of a million pounds.

"I have friends who work at the council and they are barely on minimum wage.

"They need to look at the packages they give the top people and their salaries.

"We don’t need three councillors for each ward and we don’t need a separate council leader and chief executive. Essentially they do the same thing."

Labour's finance and resources spokesman Councillor Daniel Francis said: "We will be working over the coming weeks to understand the detail of the council's proposals to save a further £40m of its annual spend.

"The Labour group will be scrutinising how these cuts and nearly 400 job losses will affect frontline services, council staff on lower salaries and working families alongside many of our more vulnerable residents."

The savings proposals will also be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday when other proposals will be considered including renegotiation of staff terms and conditions and a four-year pay freeze for management.

The agenda report describes how Bexley Council is considering getting rid of around 360 full-time employees out of its 1,700-strong workforce by 2018. 

The cabinet meeting is open to the public and will take place at 7.30pm on July 15 at the Civic Offices in Watling Street.

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6:36pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Bexley will toe the line of the government and to save face will freeze council tax. Some councils have held referendums to increase council tax. I bet bexley don't. They don't seem to care how services are run. How much they charge
Or Who runs them. Some local jobs went to Wiltshire to take elderly peoples emergency calls. We all know the importance when a call goes unanswered overnight. In childrens department a mistake means a life there. We have seen the rubbish tip at sidcup close 1 day a week. Risk of flytipping increases. Danson a festival for youth closes. Young families have further to go for a children centre. Yet there is money for a roundabout t junction at trinity place. And money for a 5 metre park near the Superbowl. Who lives near here. Surely not Theresa O'Neill. Yes Slade green gets developed but the money is siphoned away to the Tory wards. Bexley sure is bonkers! Only thing they note is protests. Look what happened with paper documents in archives. No lives involved yet it was protected
Bexley will toe the line of the government and to save face will freeze council tax. Some councils have held referendums to increase council tax. I bet bexley don't. They don't seem to care how services are run. How much they charge Or Who runs them. Some local jobs went to Wiltshire to take elderly peoples emergency calls. We all know the importance when a call goes unanswered overnight. In childrens department a mistake means a life there. We have seen the rubbish tip at sidcup close 1 day a week. Risk of flytipping increases. Danson a festival for youth closes. Young families have further to go for a children centre. Yet there is money for a roundabout t junction at trinity place. And money for a 5 metre park near the Superbowl. Who lives near here. Surely not Theresa O'Neill. Yes Slade green gets developed but the money is siphoned away to the Tory wards. Bexley sure is bonkers! Only thing they note is protests. Look what happened with paper documents in archives. No lives involved yet it was protected Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 8

5:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

Pity the vulnerable in the UK.

If a truck carrying marmalade crashes on the A2 and causes a jam, hundreds of comments are made.

An important story here about the vulnerable children and elderly (your parents and mine) and no one seems to voice an opinion.
Pity the vulnerable in the UK. If a truck carrying marmalade crashes on the A2 and causes a jam, hundreds of comments are made. An important story here about the vulnerable children and elderly (your parents and mine) and no one seems to voice an opinion. Lady Boy Erastusia
  • Score: 8

8:51am Wed 16 Jul 14

pamela8 says...

It is beyond horrific that vulnerable people are just being /wiped out/cleansed/murdere
d/ or whatever you want to call it..It is happening right now in this Country.The Government have no real solid plans for the elderly accept to make their lives a misery while stealing their money at the same time, There are no real solid plans for children, no family support just threats of taking kids in to care If you don,t hop , skip, and jump when required...The UK has become a very frightening place,,,But the most frightening thing of all is the mass compliance of the people and the mass ignorance of those that could do something to stop all these atrocities but have chosen to turn a blind eye...Well I hope you can live with the Consequences.
It is beyond horrific that vulnerable people are just being /wiped out/cleansed/murdere d/ or whatever you want to call it..It is happening right now in this Country.The Government have no real solid plans for the elderly accept to make their lives a misery while stealing their money at the same time, There are no real solid plans for children, no family support just threats of taking kids in to care [ very suspect care] If you don,t hop , skip, and jump when required...The UK has become a very frightening place,,,But the most frightening thing of all is the mass compliance of the people and the mass ignorance of those that could do something to stop all these atrocities but have chosen to turn a blind eye...Well I hope you can live with the Consequences. pamela8
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9:52am Wed 16 Jul 14

pamela8 says...

In my comment before this one when I mentioned care. I referred to this as very suspect care. This is my opinion and I would like it to be included in my previous comment and not edited out, Thank you
In my comment before this one when I mentioned care. I referred to this as very suspect care. This is my opinion and I would like it to be included in my previous comment and not edited out, Thank you pamela8
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3:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Wiff180 says...

The allocation of funds is disgusting. BCC Major & Deputy Major are on the payroll. I was recently shocked to find out both husbands of each are also on the payroll as "consorts". All pigs in the trough. The council could also afford to move into massive new premises, I bet they've spent a fortune having that refurbished too, all at the tax payers expense.
The allocation of funds is disgusting. BCC Major & Deputy Major are on the payroll. I was recently shocked to find out both husbands of each are also on the payroll as "consorts". All pigs in the trough. The council could also afford to move into massive new premises, I bet they've spent a fortune having that refurbished too, all at the tax payers expense. Wiff180
  • Score: 1
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