Wrong sort of jobs?

Wrong sort of jobs?

Wrong sort of jobs?

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SO the council is to shed 240 jobs (The Press, February 4).

Coun James Alexander states that more than 200 council jobs will go; at the same time, 200 new jobs will be created with the opening of a new Marks & Spencer on the city’s outskirts.

Surely the council jobs to go are more important that those being provided by M&S. With 120 jobs under threat next year and a similar number the following year it, this would mean 750 jobs will have gone in nine years.

Yet again the council has rejected the Government’s council tax freeze grant.

So now the council tax is going to increase by 1.9 per cent. This Labour council needs to take its head out of the sand; how are the people in York going to pay this?

The council should join many others in taking up the Government’s offer of the freeze grant. In this part of York some of us would like to be back in Ryedale. Will this ever happen?

Tom Mitchell, Mendip Close, Huntington, York.

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11:20am Tue 11 Feb 14

dsom73 says...

#jobsandgrowth #apparantly
#jobsandgrowth #apparantly dsom73
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1:32pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Lunatic says...

If we're going to lay blame for job losses, let's be honest; the council wouldn't have to cut any jobs if Whitehall wasn't screwing over the North, as it always does, with their needless funding cuts.

The council tax freeze grants don't even come close to redressing the actual causes of the problem and they're just a token gesture so central government can pass the blame to local councils.
If we're going to lay blame for job losses, let's be honest; the council wouldn't have to cut any jobs if Whitehall wasn't screwing over the North, as it always does, with their needless funding cuts. The council tax freeze grants don't even come close to redressing the actual causes of the problem and they're just a token gesture so central government can pass the blame to local councils. Lunatic
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8:46pm Tue 11 Feb 14

gmsgop says...

According to the 'rewiring' report to Cabinet tonight there are approx 250 jobs surplus over the next few years - out of 3300 non school jobs. Well that was what one written report said. The one that is now saying 'residents' come first - yet another 'refresh' but ummm, they forgot one thing- if we come first, and we co-create, co-design, co-produce (as well as pay for everything) how come we weren't involved in any of the re wiring and transformation- in fact it will all bumble along with us in the small print as normal!
- but we will have the ummmm COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, won't we....

Gwen swinburn
According to the 'rewiring' report to Cabinet tonight there are approx 250 jobs surplus over the next few years - out of 3300 non school jobs. Well that was what one written report said. The one that is now saying 'residents' come first - yet another 'refresh' but ummm, they forgot one thing- if we come first, and we co-create, co-design, co-produce (as well as pay for everything) how come we weren't involved in any of the re wiring and transformation- in fact it will all bumble along with us in the small print as normal! - but we will have the ummmm COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, won't we.... Gwen swinburn gmsgop
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3:19am Wed 12 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

The key problem is that the current government have got it in their mind that this national debt needs to be reset to zero, despite that fact that every single developed nation on the planet has some level of national debt. They then use this "we must reduce the defecit" line as an all-encompassing excuse to hoard all the money themselves or help out their big buisness friends by reducing their taxes.

The country has a national problem with jobs and money, especially for the generation of 18-35 year olds but also in some ways to people born after 1965. It used to be a bit of laughing matter if you were in your 20's or older and still living at home with mum and dad, but now it's commonplace because such people can't afford their own place. If you're only getting £6.50 an hour and the only job you can find is 25 hours a week, how on earth are you going to be able to afford a house at £200,000 or more. And the other problem is that the jobs going are not ones that would make a difference (middle management, board roles, or those just sitting behind a job self-meriting thir role by making up new rules or stupid slogans/logos), they're the frontline staff that actually give an organisation it's "face" to their customers, and it's the frontline staff who are in need of a stable job and income.

Yet again the council has rejected the Government’s council tax freeze grant.

Flawed argument. Most of the councils surrounding York took the grant last year, and this year it's not available to them and so their council tax rises are going up by significantlly more than York's is (2.5%, 3% or more). Think of it as a flight of steps:- by not accepting the 'freeze grant', the council tax goes up in even stages; compared to the next flight of steps whereby their 'step' has remained at the same height as the previous year, it doesn't look so great; but then the next year that other flight of steps suddenly has a double-height step to climb whilst on this set of steps it's just another step of equal height to the last one.
The key problem is that the current government have got it in their mind that this national debt needs to be reset to zero, despite that fact that every single developed nation on the planet has some level of national debt. They then use this "we must reduce the defecit" line as an all-encompassing excuse to hoard all the money themselves or help out their big buisness friends by reducing their taxes. The country has a national problem with jobs and money, especially for the generation of 18-35 year olds but also in some ways to people born after 1965. It used to be a bit of laughing matter if you were in your 20's or older and still living at home with mum and dad, but now it's commonplace because such people can't afford their own place. If you're only getting £6.50 an hour and the only job you can find is 25 hours a week, how on earth are you going to be able to afford a house at £200,000 or more. And the other problem is that the jobs going are not ones that would make a difference (middle management, board roles, or those just sitting behind a job self-meriting thir role by making up new rules or stupid slogans/logos), they're the frontline staff that actually give an organisation it's "face" to their customers, and it's the frontline staff who are in need of a stable job and income. [quote]Yet again the council has rejected the Government’s council tax freeze grant. [/quote] Flawed argument. Most of the councils surrounding York took the grant last year, and this year it's not available to them and so their council tax rises are going up by significantlly more than York's is (2.5%, 3% or more). Think of it as a flight of steps:- by not accepting the 'freeze grant', the council tax goes up in even stages; compared to the next flight of steps whereby their 'step' has remained at the same height as the previous year, it doesn't look so great; but then the next year that other flight of steps suddenly has a double-height step to climb whilst on this set of steps it's just another step of equal height to the last one. Magicman!
  • Score: -6

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