Levels of staff morale falling among workers at Christchurch and East Dorset councils, says survey

Bournemouth Echo: Christchurch civic offices Christchurch civic offices

A report has revealed plummeting levels of staff morale and motivation at Christchurch and East Dorset councils in the last few years.

The confidential report, seen by the Daily Echo, says the survey took place last year among staff at Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership.

It details a decline in job satisfaction, with staff less motivated compared to 2010 and 2011.

The survey comes at a time when council budgets are being squeezed, leading to cuts, more demand on services and extra pressure on fewer staff.

The study, in which more than half of the councils’ staff took part anonymously, also revealed a fall in the proportion of employees who felt able to express their opinions and two thirds of staff saying the senior management team were “not in touch with the situation on the ground.”

There was also a decline in the proportion of employees who have pride in either their work or the councils work.

The two authorities started sharing services in 2010 in a bid to cut costs with expected savings of around £1.4million.

Positive aspects in the report credited the partnership with more efficient working, as well as giving the two councils a stronger voice in the region.

Employees say they have been given support and feedback from their line managers.

But when asked how they would rate the partnership as a place to work compared to other organisations, more than a third rated it the worst or one of the worst, with four in 10 rating it neither best or worst.

Only a fifth said it was better.

It was recommended a group be set-up to devise an action plan to make improvements.

The Daily Echo contacted the partnership for a comment on the survey but David McIntosh, chief executive of Christchurch and East Dorset Councils said: “We do not comment to the media on internal, confidential documents.”

Independent councillor Colin Bungey, who has raised the issue of staff morale throughout the partnership process, said he was appalled the confidential document had been leaked and refused to comment on its contents.

He said generally he did have concerns, which he had raised in the past, but at the time had received assurances that there were no problems.

What the report said

• Less than three in 10 employees – 27% - agree they are proud to tell people they work for the councils. 41% disagree.

• Just over half – 51% - of employees feel that they have been treated with dignity and respect at work. Previously this question was asked only to staff at East Dorset in 2011 where the figure was 80%.

• Fifty-three per cent of council employees agreed the partnership helped to maintain frontline services in the face of Government spending cuts. The agreement has declined slightly in Christchurch from 2010 – 56% - and more in East Dorset from 76% in 2011.

• Nearly half – 45% - agree the partnership helps the two councils to utilise best practice from both organisations. Nearly a third disagreed.

• Around 53 per cent of staff disagreed the partnership helped to improve the quality of services to the public.

• Job satisfaction rates have also fallen from previous results with Christchurch declining more than 30% from 73% in 2010 to 39% now.

Employees hit out at communication issues 

In a comments section, employees hit out at communication issues with senior members, with one staff member saying: “Seniors have no idea what some staff actually do day-to-day.

“Very many unhappy staff with no encouraging leadership – it may well be alright in the end but it’s how we get there that counts.”

This was supported by the survey, which revealed only 14% of staff felt senior management understood the situation on the ground with two-thirds - 66% - disagreeing.

Nearly half of the respondents felt senior management didn’t value their contribution.

Other comments focus on a lack of trust and stressful performance reviews leading to a severe lack of morale.

One person said: “I have never worked for any organisation that is more resistant to change, more secretive, more tolerant of mediocrity, more top heavy in terms of un-needed managers, more intolerant of being questioned and more tolerant of wasteful, redundant and pointless procedures than here.”

Another added: “The messages from the top do not reflect the workplace. The mood on the ground seems to be either move job or wait for redundancy, as the partnership is blind to the realities of service provision.”

And one staff member said: “It is recognised that in periods of change, people lack motivation but equally people understand the need for the change we are currently going through.

“There is a general feeling however of a dictatorial approach from senior managers – you can only say something if you say it positively.

“Don’t criticise – your view is fine as long as it accords with the partnership ethos and direction of travel and challenging the same is not welcomed.”

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7:37am Fri 21 Mar 14

twynham says...

Can't wait for Ray Nottage's blog update to yet another scoop from our high quality local newspaper!
Can't wait for Ray Nottage's blog update to yet another scoop from our high quality local newspaper! twynham
  • Score: 11

7:40am Fri 21 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

So senior management don't know what most of the staff do.Does anyone know what ANY senior managers do.apart keeping each others noses in the trough,and covering for tree felling contractors
So senior management don't know what most of the staff do.Does anyone know what ANY senior managers do.apart keeping each others noses in the trough,and covering for tree felling contractors kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 25

7:59am Fri 21 Mar 14

Rich© says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
So senior management don't know what most of the staff do.Does anyone know what ANY senior managers do.apart keeping each others noses in the trough,and covering for tree felling contractors
I've got my seat & grabbed my popcorn, cos 'dis is going to be good !
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: So senior management don't know what most of the staff do.Does anyone know what ANY senior managers do.apart keeping each others noses in the trough,and covering for tree felling contractors[/p][/quote]I've got my seat & grabbed my popcorn, cos 'dis is going to be good ! Rich©
  • Score: 14

8:08am Fri 21 Mar 14

Diverdel says...

Sounds exactly like where I work.....
Sounds exactly like where I work..... Diverdel
  • Score: 11

8:20am Fri 21 Mar 14

RM says...

However much the Council bosses try to wriggle out of it, the factual stories in the Echo only prove how much is wrong at the Council so no wonder the staff are unhappy- the arguments over Druitts Hall, the petty minded regulations over the colour of privately owned beach huts, the felling of protected trees, selling sandbags after David Cameron had announced they were to be free, Mr Nottage's outburst in his blog because that story appeared in the Echo - and those are jut the items that leap to mind immediately. Maybe a change of Cllrs in 2015 might improve matters & bring about some changes?
However much the Council bosses try to wriggle out of it, the factual stories in the Echo only prove how much is wrong at the Council so no wonder the staff are unhappy- the arguments over Druitts Hall, the petty minded regulations over the colour of privately owned beach huts, the felling of protected trees, selling sandbags after David Cameron had announced they were to be free, Mr Nottage's outburst in his blog because that story appeared in the Echo - and those are jut the items that leap to mind immediately. Maybe a change of Cllrs in 2015 might improve matters & bring about some changes? RM
  • Score: 21

8:51am Fri 21 Mar 14

High Treason says...

I believe all councils are the same. Bournemouth and Poole appear to be clones of Christchurch.
I believe all councils are the same. Bournemouth and Poole appear to be clones of Christchurch. High Treason
  • Score: 10

9:47am Fri 21 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
So senior management don't know what most of the staff do.Does anyone know what ANY senior managers do.apart keeping each others noses in the trough,and covering for tree felling contractors
Exactly the same across all public sector employers, management throughout the NHS are simply that, they have no knowledge whatsoever of hospital workings, most couldn't tell the difference between an xray department or the canteen.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: So senior management don't know what most of the staff do.Does anyone know what ANY senior managers do.apart keeping each others noses in the trough,and covering for tree felling contractors[/p][/quote]Exactly the same across all public sector employers, management throughout the NHS are simply that, they have no knowledge whatsoever of hospital workings, most couldn't tell the difference between an xray department or the canteen. Hessenford
  • Score: 18

9:52am Fri 21 Mar 14

skydriver says...

Well not at all surprised on this. Working for a load of daft councillors who keep making daft decisions on a regular basis and the town being constantly slated for their moves what do you expect.
The correct way to handle this situation is to get rid of all the senior management who are the trouble makers, a complete change of the councillors and make a fresh start, there is, and has been too much dead wood within Christchurch council for far too long, and now is a grand time to make that change, If the town is to make up for damage that's already been done.
Anyone out there with any ideas on this one.?
Having said that if Cllr Nottage and any thought for the town he would be the first to quit.
Well not at all surprised on this. Working for a load of daft councillors who keep making daft decisions on a regular basis and the town being constantly slated for their moves what do you expect. The correct way to handle this situation is to get rid of all the senior management who are the trouble makers, a complete change of the councillors and make a fresh start, there is, and has been too much dead wood within Christchurch council for far too long, and now is a grand time to make that change, If the town is to make up for damage that's already been done. Anyone out there with any ideas on this one.? Having said that if Cllr Nottage and any thought for the town he would be the first to quit. skydriver
  • Score: 14

10:32am Fri 21 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

A comment with someone in the know:

With radical change and two councils merging - its not going to be a great place to work! No **** sherlock :) Like it or lump it. Get another job if your not happy.

Of course things could be done to be more supportive of staff and promote a better environment to work in but this is local government....with lack of money. The public shouldn't moan so much.

Will change happen? Maybe with a change of cllrs but again this won't happen next year. The conservatives have a strong hold down south. The structure of the councils is pretty 'solid' now! What most peopel don't realise now is that there are TWO councils working as one now covering a large area not just christchurch or just east dorset. It would be very hard to undo this. It also saves money by joining them - that is obvious. I have seen the changes first hand. The staff at the top have to be commended for that (not an easy job).
A comment with someone in the know: With radical change and two councils merging - its not going to be a great place to work! No **** sherlock :) Like it or lump it. Get another job if your not happy. Of course things could be done to be more supportive of staff and promote a better environment to work in but this is local government....with lack of money. The public shouldn't moan so much. Will change happen? Maybe with a change of cllrs but again this won't happen next year. The conservatives have a strong hold down south. The structure of the councils is pretty 'solid' now! What most peopel don't realise now is that there are TWO councils working as one now covering a large area not just christchurch or just east dorset. It would be very hard to undo this. It also saves money by joining them - that is obvious. I have seen the changes first hand. The staff at the top have to be commended for that (not an easy job). SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: 3

11:21am Fri 21 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

SurfReefFunTime wrote:
A comment with someone in the know:

With radical change and two councils merging - its not going to be a great place to work! No **** sherlock :) Like it or lump it. Get another job if your not happy.

Of course things could be done to be more supportive of staff and promote a better environment to work in but this is local government....with lack of money. The public shouldn't moan so much.

Will change happen? Maybe with a change of cllrs but again this won't happen next year. The conservatives have a strong hold down south. The structure of the councils is pretty 'solid' now! What most peopel don't realise now is that there are TWO councils working as one now covering a large area not just christchurch or just east dorset. It would be very hard to undo this. It also saves money by joining them - that is obvious. I have seen the changes first hand. The staff at the top have to be commended for that (not an easy job).
There's no lack of money, just that money isn't spent wisely.
[quote][p][bold]SurfReefFunTime[/bold] wrote: A comment with someone in the know: With radical change and two councils merging - its not going to be a great place to work! No **** sherlock :) Like it or lump it. Get another job if your not happy. Of course things could be done to be more supportive of staff and promote a better environment to work in but this is local government....with lack of money. The public shouldn't moan so much. Will change happen? Maybe with a change of cllrs but again this won't happen next year. The conservatives have a strong hold down south. The structure of the councils is pretty 'solid' now! What most peopel don't realise now is that there are TWO councils working as one now covering a large area not just christchurch or just east dorset. It would be very hard to undo this. It also saves money by joining them - that is obvious. I have seen the changes first hand. The staff at the top have to be commended for that (not an easy job).[/p][/quote]There's no lack of money, just that money isn't spent wisely. Hessenford
  • Score: 10

12:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

arti273 says...

In the light of recent alleged learning opportunities, I believe we need a large team of expensive consultants to come in and clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the Partnership, across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. It's important that the consultants are known personally and trusted by the Council Leader to ensure complete transparency.
In the light of recent alleged learning opportunities, I believe we need a large team of expensive consultants to come in and clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the Partnership, across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. It's important that the consultants are known personally and trusted by the Council Leader to ensure complete transparency. arti273
  • Score: 15

1:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

retrogeoff says...

arti273 wrote:
In the light of recent alleged learning opportunities, I believe we need a large team of expensive consultants to come in and clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the Partnership, across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. It's important that the consultants are known personally and trusted by the Council Leader to ensure complete transparency.
I vote this (from arti273) the best tongue in cheek observation so far this year. The trouble is that it could happen! On the other hand our Leader friend from Dundee (who must be due his annual bonus about now), being slightly to the left of the late Bob Crow, does not rate the PwC approach all that highly. Democracy has taken quite a knock when one considers the trail of disaster across the EDDC area as reported by the Echo. More professional governance audit needed than external consultancy perhaps.
Full marks to the Daily Echo for the accuracy of this story and many others appearing recently including the one on striped animals and separately the destruction of much loved trees. I have started buying the newspaper again. Well done that team. Much appreciated.
[quote][p][bold]arti273[/bold] wrote: In the light of recent alleged learning opportunities, I believe we need a large team of expensive consultants to come in and clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the Partnership, across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. It's important that the consultants are known personally and trusted by the Council Leader to ensure complete transparency.[/p][/quote]I vote this (from arti273) the best tongue in cheek observation so far this year. The trouble is that it could happen! On the other hand our Leader friend from Dundee (who must be due his annual bonus about now), being slightly to the left of the late Bob Crow, does not rate the PwC approach all that highly. Democracy has taken quite a knock when one considers the trail of disaster across the EDDC area as reported by the Echo. More professional governance audit needed than external consultancy perhaps. Full marks to the Daily Echo for the accuracy of this story and many others appearing recently including the one on striped animals and separately the destruction of much loved trees. I have started buying the newspaper again. Well done that team. Much appreciated. retrogeoff
  • Score: 8

1:21pm Fri 21 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

If you don't like working in the cosseted public sector then just leave and join those of us in the private sector............th
e ones who currently pay you all!

Thought not.
If you don't like working in the cosseted public sector then just leave and join those of us in the private sector............th e ones who currently pay you all! Thought not. muscliffman
  • Score: -8

1:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

coster says...

Plummeting levels amongst the staff !!, it's nothing in comparison to the plummeting levels amongst the residents.
Plummeting levels amongst the staff !!, it's nothing in comparison to the plummeting levels amongst the residents. coster
  • Score: 16

2:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

FrogKiss says...

coster wrote:
Plummeting levels amongst the staff !!, it's nothing in comparison to the plummeting levels amongst the residents.
Couldn't agree more!
Even several years since the merge the general staff do not know if their jobs are save and there is a lot of enease. I believe Managment had letters within the last month about job cuts. Difficult decision to leave though if you are on such a good pension. May as well hang on for redundancy. Motivation . Zero!
[quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: Plummeting levels amongst the staff !!, it's nothing in comparison to the plummeting levels amongst the residents.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! Even several years since the merge the general staff do not know if their jobs are save and there is a lot of enease. I believe Managment had letters within the last month about job cuts. Difficult decision to leave though if you are on such a good pension. May as well hang on for redundancy. Motivation . Zero! FrogKiss
  • Score: 4

3:45pm Fri 21 Mar 14

skydriver says...

arti273 wrote:
In the light of recent alleged learning opportunities, I believe we need a large team of expensive consultants to come in and clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the Partnership, across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. It's important that the consultants are known personally and trusted by the Council Leader to ensure complete transparency.
Very good well done!
[quote][p][bold]arti273[/bold] wrote: In the light of recent alleged learning opportunities, I believe we need a large team of expensive consultants to come in and clarify, define, or re-define the core purpose of the Partnership, across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future. It's important that the consultants are known personally and trusted by the Council Leader to ensure complete transparency.[/p][/quote]Very good well done! skydriver
  • Score: 6

4:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

twynham says...

It seems my earlier comment was premature, Mr Nottage's blog is now restricted to invitation only, presumably only those who agree with him will be given access!
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So much for transparency.
It seems my earlier comment was premature, Mr Nottage's blog is now restricted to invitation only, presumably only those who agree with him will be given access! . So much for transparency. twynham
  • Score: 13

4:27pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Say-It-Like-It-Is says...

This staff survey was from 2013. Can you imagine what the satisfaction level is now some months on as they watch their senior officers and members making mistake after mistake, resulting in CBC & EDDC becoming completely discredited, and in following an agenda that ensures the total hostility of the residents they are supposed to serve? The great news in 2015 is that the satisfaction level can soar again when they are all booted out! If the complacent and arrogant Tories that run these councils think they are safe they'd better think again. I know how I'll be voting.
This staff survey was from 2013. Can you imagine what the satisfaction level is now some months on as they watch their senior officers and members making mistake after mistake, resulting in CBC & EDDC becoming completely discredited, and in following an agenda that ensures the total hostility of the residents they are supposed to serve? The great news in 2015 is that the satisfaction level can soar again when they are all booted out! If the complacent and arrogant Tories that run these councils think they are safe they'd better think again. I know how I'll be voting. Say-It-Like-It-Is
  • Score: 9

5:21pm Fri 21 Mar 14

LJT1966 says...

muscliffman wrote:
If you don't like working in the cosseted public sector then just leave and join those of us in the private sector............th

e ones who currently pay you all!

Thought not.
Yeah let's all leave the NHS and go work in private hospitals. Bet you would be the first one moaning when you turned up at A&E with a cut finger and found it closed.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: If you don't like working in the cosseted public sector then just leave and join those of us in the private sector............th e ones who currently pay you all! Thought not.[/p][/quote]Yeah let's all leave the NHS and go work in private hospitals. Bet you would be the first one moaning when you turned up at A&E with a cut finger and found it closed. LJT1966
  • Score: 6

5:40pm Fri 21 Mar 14

ShuttleX says...

Am I the only one who thinks the Echo spends a lot of time running down Christchurch and Poole Councils, but very little is said about Bournemouth. They too had a survey last year, but as yet, nobody knows the results. I know the Echo just do as they are told, by their Lord and Master Mr Beesley, but at least try and grow a pair and report fairly about ALL Councils.
Am I the only one who thinks the Echo spends a lot of time running down Christchurch and Poole Councils, but very little is said about Bournemouth. They too had a survey last year, but as yet, nobody knows the results. I know the Echo just do as they are told, by their Lord and Master Mr Beesley, but at least try and grow a pair and report fairly about ALL Councils. ShuttleX
  • Score: 5

6:08pm Fri 21 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

twynham wrote:
Can't wait for Ray Nottage's blog update to yet another scoop from our high quality local newspaper!
You might have a problem, unless it's just me. Blog has now been closed down to all except those he approves of (I think). I may be wrong, but I've tried it on three computers and reset the router.
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: Can't wait for Ray Nottage's blog update to yet another scoop from our high quality local newspaper![/p][/quote]You might have a problem, unless it's just me. Blog has now been closed down to all except those he approves of (I think). I may be wrong, but I've tried it on three computers and reset the router. agp1337
  • Score: 4

6:51pm Fri 21 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

twynham wrote:
It seems my earlier comment was premature, Mr Nottage's blog is now restricted to invitation only, presumably only those who agree with him will be given access!
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So much for transparency.
Should have read the other posts - I thought it might be my computers/router, I tried several times but gave up. At least I now know it's not me. Unfortunately, though he's perfectly entitled to control his blog as he wishes, it's yet one more example of his dreadful PR. I suspect the blog is dead, unless it's just for the sparse group of people who agree with him, in which case what's the point? He might as well email therm!
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: It seems my earlier comment was premature, Mr Nottage's blog is now restricted to invitation only, presumably only those who agree with him will be given access! . So much for transparency.[/p][/quote]Should have read the other posts - I thought it might be my computers/router, I tried several times but gave up. At least I now know it's not me. Unfortunately, though he's perfectly entitled to control his blog as he wishes, it's yet one more example of his dreadful PR. I suspect the blog is dead, unless it's just for the sparse group of people who agree with him, in which case what's the point? He might as well email therm! agp1337
  • Score: 3

7:01pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Justin Black says...

Is it any wonder that morale is falling amongst those who still work for what is left of our council. The morale has been falling amongst the residents of this Borough in recent years as well. Both CEO McIntosh and Council Leader Nottage pontificate they are doing a wonderful job for this Borough. If you are attracted by surveys gents, here's a challenge for you.

Send out a survey to the householders of this town, and ask them to rate how well you have done for them, and ask them if they could list four things you have achieved for the benefit of the Borough, and twelve things you have achieved to destroy the Borough.
Having said that, there is just over twelve months to go before the majority of the Conservative group could lose their seats. It is alleged that Councillor Nottage is possibly the most disliked Councillor Christchurch has ever had.

Councillor Nottage is so popular, he has had to restrict the number of people who use his beloved blog. Surely if a blog is causing that level of concern, it must be time to close it down completely, or better still, stand down as Leader sir.
Is it any wonder that morale is falling amongst those who still work for what is left of our council. The morale has been falling amongst the residents of this Borough in recent years as well. Both CEO McIntosh and Council Leader Nottage pontificate they are doing a wonderful job for this Borough. If you are attracted by surveys gents, here's a challenge for you. Send out a survey to the householders of this town, and ask them to rate how well you have done for them, and ask them if they could list four things you have achieved for the benefit of the Borough, and twelve things you have achieved to destroy the Borough. Having said that, there is just over twelve months to go before the majority of the Conservative group could lose their seats. It is alleged that Councillor Nottage is possibly the most disliked Councillor Christchurch has ever had. Councillor Nottage is so popular, he has had to restrict the number of people who use his beloved blog. Surely if a blog is causing that level of concern, it must be time to close it down completely, or better still, stand down as Leader sir. Justin Black
  • Score: 6

7:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

grange47 says...

I suspect that after merging the two councils, they retained two sets of management and found 'synergies' between the two sets of employees who work at the 'coal face'. Result : a top heavy organisation with those at the sharp end having to do more with less.
I suspect that after merging the two councils, they retained two sets of management and found 'synergies' between the two sets of employees who work at the 'coal face'. Result : a top heavy organisation with those at the sharp end having to do more with less. grange47
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Fri 21 Mar 14

pamtextiles says...

I feel for the lower grade staff working for xch council, our (mine and my husbands )experience some time ago was not pleasant in any way, and that was with a more senior member of staff. However I have had to have dealings with xch council recently, and I would like to say that my experience was a much pleasanter event, I was treated with respect, politeness, and even humour, but that was by counter staff, the people that have to face the public perhaps, there is a lesson to be learnt there, by more senior staff.
I feel for the lower grade staff working for xch council, our (mine and my husbands )experience some time ago was not pleasant in any way, and that was with a more senior member of staff. However I have had to have dealings with xch council recently, and I would like to say that my experience was a much pleasanter event, I was treated with respect, politeness, and even humour, but that was by counter staff, the people that have to face the public perhaps, there is a lesson to be learnt there, by more senior staff. pamtextiles
  • Score: 4

8:34am Sat 22 Mar 14

skydriver says...

I notice a large number of commenters are having a go at Cllr Nottage, me included.Is he really that thick skinned he doesn't understand, what people are saying, who does he think he is. He has don't very little this year except cause trouble, he has gone against everything the people of Christchurch want, and he SUPOSE to represent us, my advise to him along with many other residence of our town would be SHUT UP OR SHIP OUT. Preferably the later.before he causes any more disruption.
Can we start a campaign NOTTAGE OUT !
I notice a large number of commenters are having a go at Cllr Nottage, me included.Is he really that thick skinned he doesn't understand, what people are saying, who does he think he is. He has don't very little this year except cause trouble, he has gone against everything the people of Christchurch want, and he SUPOSE to represent us, my advise to him along with many other residence of our town would be SHUT UP OR SHIP OUT. Preferably the later.before he causes any more disruption. Can we start a campaign NOTTAGE OUT ! skydriver
  • Score: 7

8:57am Sat 22 Mar 14

Samesex says...

I think the fact that Cllr Nottage has shut down his blog to only those that support him says it all. Thank you the Daily Echo for allowing us citizens to continue with our freedom of speech through this comment section.
I think the fact that Cllr Nottage has shut down his blog to only those that support him says it all. Thank you the Daily Echo for allowing us citizens to continue with our freedom of speech through this comment section. Samesex
  • Score: 8

9:39am Sat 22 Mar 14

SurfReefFunTime says...

grange47 wrote:
I suspect that after merging the two councils, they retained two sets of management and found 'synergies' between the two sets of employees who work at the 'coal face'. Result : a top heavy organisation with those at the sharp end having to do more with less.
Now that would not make sense. The councils have had years of service reviews and restructure which is still ongoing. People being made redundant and staff/management doing the job with less people than before.

One management team same for the departments.
[quote][p][bold]grange47[/bold] wrote: I suspect that after merging the two councils, they retained two sets of management and found 'synergies' between the two sets of employees who work at the 'coal face'. Result : a top heavy organisation with those at the sharp end having to do more with less.[/p][/quote]Now that would not make sense. The councils have had years of service reviews and restructure which is still ongoing. People being made redundant and staff/management doing the job with less people than before. One management team same for the departments. SurfReefFunTime
  • Score: 0

11:10am Sat 22 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

Samesex wrote:
I think the fact that Cllr Nottage has shut down his blog to only those that support him says it all. Thank you the Daily Echo for allowing us citizens to continue with our freedom of speech through this comment section.
It's back on. Apparently it crashed ...
[quote][p][bold]Samesex[/bold] wrote: I think the fact that Cllr Nottage has shut down his blog to only those that support him says it all. Thank you the Daily Echo for allowing us citizens to continue with our freedom of speech through this comment section.[/p][/quote]It's back on. Apparently it crashed ... agp1337
  • Score: 3

12:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

twynham says...

As said above, Mr Nottage's site reinstated; and he's re-joining Twitter!
As said above, Mr Nottage's site reinstated; and he's re-joining Twitter! twynham
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Justin Black says...

Had this famous blog "Crashed", no one would be able to get anywhere near it. The site says it was closed to anyone who was not approved. That is not a crash, that is a procedure carried out by the blog owner. Don't be fooled when you here it "Crashed".

Someone mentioned starting a campaign to get his alleged Fuhrership removed, I think there is every possibility the good citizens of Christchurch themselves will remove him in May 2015. If another political group behaved in the same way as the Leaders group, there is no doubt they would refer to those involved as "Communists".
Welcome to the world of "Conservative Communism".
Had this famous blog "Crashed", no one would be able to get anywhere near it. The site says it was closed to anyone who was not approved. That is not a crash, that is a procedure carried out by the blog owner. Don't be fooled when you here it "Crashed". Someone mentioned starting a campaign to get his alleged Fuhrership removed, I think there is every possibility the good citizens of Christchurch themselves will remove him in May 2015. If another political group behaved in the same way as the Leaders group, there is no doubt they would refer to those involved as "Communists". Welcome to the world of "Conservative Communism". Justin Black
  • Score: 3

3:55pm Sat 22 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

Justin Black wrote:
Had this famous blog "Crashed", no one would be able to get anywhere near it. The site says it was closed to anyone who was not approved. That is not a crash, that is a procedure carried out by the blog owner. Don't be fooled when you here it "Crashed".

Someone mentioned starting a campaign to get his alleged Fuhrership removed, I think there is every possibility the good citizens of Christchurch themselves will remove him in May 2015. If another political group behaved in the same way as the Leaders group, there is no doubt they would refer to those involved as "Communists".
Welcome to the world of "Conservative Communism".
Interesting. I think the new blog looks good. However, I then went on to look at expenses.
Mr Nottage got £15082.71 last financial year (2012/13), including expenses. Part of that (£75.75) was subsistence. Not sure what that is, but I understand he's pretty wealthy so by definition wouldn't need subsistence - I thought that was for those who are desperate. Only one other (Mike Duckworth) claimed more subsistence, and all except four of the rest claimed nothing! His travelling was highest, but that is understandable in his role as Leader. Still, I'm sure he's worth it ... It's worth having a look on DorsetForYou.
It will be interesting to see this year's result! Expenses, subsistence, not ready yet.
[quote][p][bold]Justin Black[/bold] wrote: Had this famous blog "Crashed", no one would be able to get anywhere near it. The site says it was closed to anyone who was not approved. That is not a crash, that is a procedure carried out by the blog owner. Don't be fooled when you here it "Crashed". Someone mentioned starting a campaign to get his alleged Fuhrership removed, I think there is every possibility the good citizens of Christchurch themselves will remove him in May 2015. If another political group behaved in the same way as the Leaders group, there is no doubt they would refer to those involved as "Communists". Welcome to the world of "Conservative Communism".[/p][/quote]Interesting. I think the new blog looks good. However, I then went on to look at expenses. Mr Nottage got £15082.71 last financial year (2012/13), including expenses. Part of that (£75.75) was subsistence. Not sure what that is, but I understand he's pretty wealthy so by definition wouldn't need subsistence - I thought that was for those who are desperate. Only one other (Mike Duckworth) claimed more subsistence, and all except four of the rest claimed nothing! His travelling was highest, but that is understandable in his role as Leader. Still, I'm sure he's worth it ... It's worth having a look on DorsetForYou. It will be interesting to see this year's result! Expenses, subsistence, not ready yet. agp1337
  • Score: 3

9:10pm Sat 22 Mar 14

agp1337 says...

Another one: Fatal, I hope. Information that Mr Nottage, as a Councillor, on the blog, with COUNCILLOR before it - the Councillor's blog, representing us - have published - to make us envy you, presumably, that you are staying at a hotel costing minimum £550 per night and that we plebs must just look on and dream. This, for you, is a disaster. WHY did you do it? It just requires a little sense. Gloves off from now on!!! You are presumably paying for it yourself, but WHY publish it? How can you be so unutterably stupid and uncomprehending? Copy and links going to Mac The Knife - and already sent to the Echo.
LOOK at his blog.
Another one: Fatal, I hope. Information that Mr Nottage, as a Councillor, on the blog, with COUNCILLOR before it - the Councillor's blog, representing us - have published - to make us envy you, presumably, that you are staying at a hotel costing minimum £550 per night and that we plebs must just look on and dream. This, for you, is a disaster. WHY did you do it? It just requires a little sense. Gloves off from now on!!! You are presumably paying for it yourself, but WHY publish it? How can you be so unutterably stupid and uncomprehending? Copy and links going to Mac The Knife - and already sent to the Echo. LOOK at his blog. agp1337
  • Score: 1

8:49am Sun 23 Mar 14

pirates1 says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks the Echo spends a lot of time running down Christchurch and Poole Councils, but very little is said about Bournemouth. They too had a survey last year, but as yet, nobody knows the results. I know the Echo just do as they are told, by their Lord and Master Mr Beesley, but at least try and grow a pair and report fairly about ALL Councils.
They daren't publish the Bournemouth council staff survey..! And that's not just because there is hardly any staff left to do the jobs properly..
Since Mouchel took over, it has gone from bad to much, much worse....and if you work for the Council, don't be surprised if sometime soon none of you actually get paid at all....there is hardly a soul left in the Payroll Department, just a couple of agency staff, and some who have more days off 'sick' than they actually work, and barely any of them know what they are doing..!
Symptomatic of the ' Mouchel culture...' - get rid of the staff with any experience who know what they are doing, and anyone who dares to say something about it is warned that they are being ' negative' and to toe the line...when they are actually being realistic, not negative. Any pride in doing the job well has been kicked out of the few staff that remain...and it won't be long before the stuff really hits the fan..!
And I have to pay my council tax to them and watch them destroy what once actually worked..!
Let's see the survey results Bournemouth Council...I dare you..!
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thinks the Echo spends a lot of time running down Christchurch and Poole Councils, but very little is said about Bournemouth. They too had a survey last year, but as yet, nobody knows the results. I know the Echo just do as they are told, by their Lord and Master Mr Beesley, but at least try and grow a pair and report fairly about ALL Councils.[/p][/quote]They daren't publish the Bournemouth council staff survey..! And that's not just because there is hardly any staff left to do the jobs properly.. Since Mouchel took over, it has gone from bad to much, much worse....and if you work for the Council, don't be surprised if sometime soon none of you actually get paid at all....there is hardly a soul left in the Payroll Department, just a couple of agency staff, and some who have more days off 'sick' than they actually work, and barely any of them know what they are doing..! Symptomatic of the ' Mouchel culture...' - get rid of the staff with any experience who know what they are doing, and anyone who dares to say something about it is warned that they are being ' negative' and to toe the line...when they are actually being realistic, not negative. Any pride in doing the job well has been kicked out of the few staff that remain...and it won't be long before the stuff really hits the fan..! And I have to pay my council tax to them and watch them destroy what once actually worked..! Let's see the survey results Bournemouth Council...I dare you..! pirates1
  • Score: 3

4:47pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Rich© says...

seriously though, how do these counselors stay in the position they been put in year after year after all the feck ups they create, someone must be voting for them................
is it you ? yes you, you know who you are, if it is then don't re-elect them next voting day !!!
seriously though, how do these counselors stay in the position they been put in year after year after all the feck ups they create, someone must be voting for them................ is it you ? yes you, you know who you are, if it is then don't re-elect them next voting day !!! Rich©
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Griffmeister says...

Regrettably it would appear that the majority of readers have mis understood the situation. This was an anonymous, confidential, internal survey, not a survey designed to go public.

The report objective was not to allow staff to winge and moan but to state honestly, without recourse, how they felt about their job, in private.

I love my job with the Council but I can't help feeling somewhat disappointed and vulnerable when decisions about my future employment elongates as deadlines are sadly missed.

Truth of the matter is, it is a hard time for everyone right now, public and private sector however, it should be noted that Council staff have not publicly shouted and winged about it, what has actually happened is the media have taken a confidential report, selected the negatives of that report and then published it in their paper as if the staff were asking them to fight the fight. Well there's a surprise, the media blowing things out of proportion, whatever next?
Regrettably it would appear that the majority of readers have mis understood the situation. This was an anonymous, confidential, internal survey, not a survey designed to go public. The report objective was not to allow staff to winge and moan but to state honestly, without recourse, how they felt about their job, in private. I love my job with the Council but I can't help feeling somewhat disappointed and vulnerable when decisions about my future employment elongates as deadlines are sadly missed. Truth of the matter is, it is a hard time for everyone right now, public and private sector however, it should be noted that Council staff have not publicly shouted and winged about it, what has actually happened is the media have taken a confidential report, selected the negatives of that report and then published it in their paper as if the staff were asking them to fight the fight. Well there's a surprise, the media blowing things out of proportion, whatever next? Griffmeister
  • Score: 0

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