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Judith voted for part-privatisation plan 'to protect council services for elderly'

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

Councillor Judith Haycock.

Councillor Judith Haycock.

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A HELSTON Cornwall councillor member has defended her decision to support the part-privatisation of some council services.

Councillor Judith Haycock said she had done so to protect frontline services provided by the council, especially care for the elderly.

She was asked by town councillor David Swift at Thursday's town council meeting why she had voted against fellow Helston councillor Andrew Wallis's motion opposing the decision to transfer some services to a private company.

Mrs Haycock told Mr Swift: "We have a small budget now, which is going to be smaller next year.

"If we're not careful there will be some frontline services which will have to be cut."

She said if Cornwall Council was not going to save money in one area, it would have to do so in another, and her concern was for elderly care.

"If we're not careful, we're going to have to cut from there," she said.

"That's my reason."

Helston has three Cornwall councillors. Mr Wallis is opposed to the move and Alec Robertson is also council leader, whose Cabinet is pushing through the project.

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  • ackedoff  |  September 27 2012, 6:41PM

    Thats it? becouse we have a small budget now..........nice to see you have done some research into how these projects progress elsewhere, how many staff are made redundant, how much tax payers money is lost in buying back services..........or even dare I say it............alternative ways of saving money within the council to keep core services in house? How about looking effeciancy savings at a managerial level? how about employing less consultants at a £1000 a day , employing less temporary staff at inflated rates, savings on the procurement of electronic management systems that actually work, better and easier recruitment methods and how about reducing sickness absence rates through treating and managing staff better?......wake up and smell the coffee Mrs Haycock

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  • Olly_Gark  |  September 27 2012, 9:18AM

    "Mrs Haycock told Mr Swift: "We have a small budget now, which is going to be smaller next year." So savings have to made. But why not start with the wholesale waste of paying 123 Councillors when the whole show is run by an unelected 'cabinet' chaired by the proven liar Robertson? We don't need 'privatisation' or even 'part privatisation' for the benefit of Robertson's friends in business. We need proper services under democratic control not decisions handed down by Robertson's hand picked gang of self serving toadies, sycophants and clowns aka 'the cabinet'. If times are tough and savings have to be made why not a return to democracy and a 20% cut in 'allowances' and 'expenses' to the 123 windbags and similar sized cuts for all 'managers' who receive more than £50,000 of OUR money for doing very little except serve their own interests. After all, as somebody said: "We're all in this together".

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  • kernewekonan  |  September 27 2012, 9:07AM

    get rid of her, and fast.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  September 27 2012, 9:00AM

    An understandable reason if we are dealing with the here and now but thousands of people coming to live in Cornwall (who are always getting older) will put pressure on social care and the NHS. A migration charge needs to be considered together with estates being means tested: ie unless your offspring needs a home you have to sell your house etc to pay for your social care if you need it. Cue red arrows!!!

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