Despite the current urgency for cutting back national expenditure, local government just carries on spending our money on superfluous jobs. Islington Council’s latest vacancy is for a Senior Communications and Marketing Officer at a salary of up to £37,851. Marketing what? What exactly is the council selling?Apparently, this lucky person will be tasked with ‘developing and delivering internal and external communications and marketing strategies and campaigns on behalf of the council.’ Hmmm, still not any clearer.
Yet again, TPA supporters have been sending in non-jobs they’ve spotted in their local press. This week we learned that three new assistant finance director posts were being created at Barnet Council at a total cost of almost £300,000. One of these new vacancies, with a salary of £90k, is ironically tasked with “creating a high performing culture that drives improvement and efficiency savings”...
The news buzzing around Hull today is one of the local Quangos, Hull Forward, will close-down in September. I naturally feel for the 34 staff who will lose their jobs, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy Hull Forward is going to be abolished.
Some local businesses are expressing regret over the decision, however it is important to note regeneration work in the city will still continue. It can be done by existing staff in Hull City Council, and if the council wishes to employ more people, no doubt some of those who are losing their jobs will be under consideration. It simply doesn't need an additional Quango to do this work.