Paying the price of spending cuts

First published in Opinion

TODAY’S Daily Echo reports two striking examples of how the public spending cuts are starting to bite.

The first is the case of Dorset Police’s diminishing band of traffic officers – just 34 full-time equivalents now compared with nearly 50 last year.

That is bad news for anyone who believes that technology can never satisfactorily replace traffic officers.

And is is all the more worrying in the light of our recent report on the rise in fatalities on Dorset’s road last year.

The second story concerns the continuing argument about the impending closure of Dorset Enterprises, a factory staffed largely by people with disabilities.

Bournemouth council will save £471,000 a year by shutting it – but the taxpayer could pick up a bigger bill if redundant staff have to remain on benefits for long.

Both these cases concern spending “cuts” which could end up costing the public dear later on.

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9:38pm Fri 11 Jan 13

paul.p says...

I suppose Dorset Police are used to having lack of funds.

Personally I think it's disgraceful of the Govt. to force Dorset to cut more Officers even when Dorset was the 2nd lowest funded force in the country, talk about kicking you in the nuts when you're already down!

This Govt. sucks.
I suppose Dorset Police are used to having lack of funds. Personally I think it's disgraceful of the Govt. to force Dorset to cut more Officers even when Dorset was the 2nd lowest funded force in the country, talk about kicking you in the nuts when you're already down! This Govt. sucks. paul.p
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7:14pm Sun 13 Jan 13

rayc says...

Nearly two years ago it was announced in the Echo that "Dorset Police announced that they were cutting 18 of the 54 traffic Officer jobs. They will work on general policing duties rather than highways patrols. It says the change will help all of the force's uniformed officers to become more aware of road safety as a result."

Dorset Police believes road safety in the county will improve overall.
Ch Supt Martin Hiles said: "The road traffic officers have been asked to go and work with their general patrol colleagues doing local safer neighbourhood and response patrol policing, and teaching them about road safety".
Was it a success? There were therefore 36 Traffic Officers after that initiative and now there will be 34. So were there actually 50 last year 2012 as the article states? The figures do not stack up unless there has been some creative bookkeeping.

There never seemed to be a shortage of Traffic Officers to man the 'surround a town' No Excuse operations or to shut of the Upton bypass for Top Gear.
Nearly two years ago it was announced in the Echo that "Dorset Police announced that they were cutting 18 of the 54 traffic Officer jobs. They will work on general policing duties rather than highways patrols. It says the change will help all of the force's uniformed officers to become more aware of road safety as a result." Dorset Police believes road safety in the county will improve overall. Ch Supt Martin Hiles said: "The road traffic officers have been asked to go and work with their general patrol colleagues doing local safer neighbourhood and response patrol policing, and teaching them about road safety". Was it a success? There were therefore 36 Traffic Officers after that initiative and now there will be 34. So were there actually 50 last year 2012 as the article states? The figures do not stack up unless there has been some creative bookkeeping. There never seemed to be a shortage of Traffic Officers to man the 'surround a town' No Excuse operations or to shut of the Upton bypass for Top Gear. rayc
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10:00pm Sun 13 Jan 13

rayc says...

These traffic Officers have not been sacked they have been reassigned to other duties the intention being, as claimed by Dorset Police, to be better overall road safety in the County.
Thus they are still employed by Dorset Police and the CC could reassign them back to traffic if he considered it a priority.
These traffic Officers have not been sacked they have been reassigned to other duties the intention being, as claimed by Dorset Police, to be better overall road safety in the County. Thus they are still employed by Dorset Police and the CC could reassign them back to traffic if he considered it a priority. rayc
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2:22pm Tue 15 Jan 13

speedy231278 says...

"Bournemouth council will save £471,000 a year by shutting it – but the taxpayer could pick up a bigger bill if redundant staff have to remain on benefits for long."

Only if their benefits rack up to more than that, and being only 19 disabled employees, I would doubt they require vast benefit levels otherwise surely they'd be unfit for working even in a factory adapted to cater for their needs?
"Bournemouth council will save £471,000 a year by shutting it – but the taxpayer could pick up a bigger bill if redundant staff have to remain on benefits for long." Only if their benefits rack up to more than that, and being only 19 disabled employees, I would doubt they require vast benefit levels otherwise surely they'd be unfit for working even in a factory adapted to cater for their needs? speedy231278
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