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SALFORD COUNCIL AIMS TO USE CROWD FUNDING AND VOLUNTEERS TO REPLACE PUBLIC SERVICES
 

Star date: 8th June 2015

CROWD FUNDING, VOLUNTEERS AND D.I.Y SERVICES FOR SALFORD

Salford City Council is looking to use crowd funding to finance community projects, volunteers to run sport and leisure centres and to encourage people to be "self-reliant and less dependent on some public services".

It's all part of the Council's `Transformation' agenda, or a `radical re-engineering of public service delivery' which is going on nationally.

Full details here...


It's coming in slowly, secretly and a bit at a time but Salford City Council is intent on following a `Transformation' agenda which, in its own words, is about forcing "communities to become more self-reliant and less dependent on some public services".

Or, in the words of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which produced a report on Public Service Transformation, a "radical re-engineering of public service delivery".

Evidence of this agenda is starting to seep through Salford Council reports. A report to the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Board last week, giving an update on the Transformation Programme stated "The proposed future business model centres on providing the information, advice and guidance to enable the community to self-serve a wide range of their needs..." to cut up to nearly £4million from services.

The model includes a `Spirit of Salford citizen deal', part of which will comprise "crowd funding opportunities to support a potentially reduced devolved
neighbourhood budget"
and applications for the Carnegie UK Trust's 'reshaping public services' prize fund.

The Carnegie Trust is pushing a new philosophy of an `emerging enabling state'... "Charities and voluntary organisations in particular have a key role to play" it explains "Not just in delivering public services, but in drawing on their strengths in mutuality and reciprocity for the common good to support the public sector to rethink its relationship with communities and citizens."

Another Salford Council report on Sport and Leisure shows how this might work in practice for the "delivery of operational efficiencies", including over £150,000 in paid casual staff, to be replaced next year with the "Use of volunteers to cover staff turnover". It adds that the value of the volunteers will be £90,000.

The Transformation agenda is basically about pushing public services back to Dickensian days of D.I.Y. under the warped banner of `empowerment', `localism' and the `Big Society'. The report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which cited case studies of `transformation' from councils across the country, stated "Many authorities we saw made clear they welcome the opportunities presented by localism. Most of the local authority chief executives and HR leaders interviewed are exploring how they can redesign the delivery of services and, where appropriate, commission third parties and enter into partnerships to deliver on this agenda.

"But this type of radical re-engineering of public service delivery does not happen overnight" it added "It involves changing public sector values and culture, in some cases organisational design and how people are led and managed from the boardroom to the front line...It also involves changing public expectations and behaviour..."

Salford residents are now about to see the fruits of a Council report from last June which told the community "to shift expectations of the public sector and of the City Council's role" and "to lead and solve their own community issues"Ö

See previous Salford Star article: Salford Labour Council's New Tory Style Dickensian D.I.Y. Welfare Ė click here


kersalflats wrote
at 12:12:20 on 13 June 2015
Unfortunately this seems to be part of a broader funding issue. Salford City Council has faced a 40% cut in budget in recent years. The amount given by central government has been slashed. It is simply impossible to provide the same level of services. It almost makes you yearn for the carefree happy spending days of the 1980s *sigh*

Alice wrote
at 06:26:53 on 11 June 2015
It has long been known that relying on volunteers leads to uneven provision of service. It was this reason that led to state provision of welfare with the launch of the Welfare State. Prior to that there were charities and 'do gooders' providing very uneven welfare. The Big Society is a falasy. If you are worn out working hard for low wages, in poor circumstances, you are not likely to volunteer for more work for nothing. This is the American 'way' of welfare. I have noticed recently that there are more pockets of money being offered for community based projects. This money is often from Government sources. It makes me think that this policy is really a political strategy to change the way we operate society, disguised under a 'deficit panic.'

the ginger fiddler wrote
at 20:48:11 on 09 June 2015
I think the council should let the Salford Star write the Life magazine. Lower cost, more truth and less shite. Congratulations on getting the Star in print again. Is there any truth in the rumour that the council asked you to print a larger version so that their employees cannot hide it inside a copy of life?

Wendy Olsen wrote
at 08:35:06 on 09 June 2015
Right, CpB! The essence is to attack unions and wages. The workfare idea is you work, but only get the benefits, not minimum wage. ... The volunteers also cannot be active in a union. Technically they can join unions but this shift aims to break Unison, the main union in local government.

Stu Ewart wrote
at 19:41:24 on 08 June 2015
I'm all for less public services. So let's have a large reduction in rip off council tax

CBP wrote
at 14:34:54 on 08 June 2015
Those made unemployed by the council cuts and unable to find a new job, therefore claiming benefits, could be re-employed by Salford Council in their old job as a workfare scheme. Voila! Big Community in action!

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