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Just before Christmas 2007. Somewhere in Westminster –

SW …was set a target to reduce its annual budget from £266 million to £186 million. A reduction of £80 million is quite sharp-it is roughly a third of the base budget. This year, with one year to go before that target needs to be met, your budget is £236 million. You have gone down by £30 million, but you have another £50 million to go to meet that target. Does that imply that there is slash and burn on the horizon?

VH …It is a very challenging target.

SW …It is quite a tall order, considering that over four years, you have made a reduction of only £30 million. Are you confident that it will be achieved?

VH …We are. As I say, we have identified sufficient savings schemes so that we will be able to live within our reduced financial envelope in future years.

March 2008. Message from the Union –

Imposition of Pay Offer – we are now in dispute. Management have now announced that they do not intend to re-open negotiations. Furthermore they intend to impose the pay offer and the new pay model effective from the March payroll without the agreement of the unions.

Don’t think for a minute they will make all the savings from our wages. What’s joke to you…

By monaxle

Dad to four boys. Married to their mum. A satisficer. Lifelong cyclist, wannabe nomad, casual snapper and music lover. Occasional glimmers of creativity. Left field, anti establishment and non conformist tendencies. Green politics. Employment in mental health and children and adults social care. Open to learning, development and growth. Often get things wrong. Sometimes getting them right.

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