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All Our Jobs…

July 27, 2010

My friend Fighting Monsters responded to my question ‘who next?’  on my posting about the scrapping of ContactPoint and the GSCC by the UK government with the plaintive comment; “All our jobs?…”.

Well, that should not be the answer because Fighting Monsters and I and the vast majority of the social work bloggers on my blogroll and the much larger number listed by Social Work Blogs are frontline workers. Making the savings in UK government expenditure due to the activities of the banksters is supposed to be achieved by cutting out red tape and removing layers and layers of  management type jobs which have proliferated in recent decades. Many practising social workers are not averse to being unchained from their computers, released from the mountain of form filling and spared the constant haranguing by highly paid jobsworths who have very little grasp of what social work is about.  Released from these burdens they might be able to get on with the job they trained for and want to do.

However, I have to say there are signs of a strong counter attack from the rear. I posted previously about an attack on Independent Social Workers by Marion Davis:- Independent social workers’ (ISWs) role in court should cease, according to Marion Davis, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS). “We think they are an expensive part of the landscape,” Davis told Community Care. Whatever you think of ISWs they are frontline workers who actually go out meet and talk with adult and child clients, go to courts and give evidence and so on. Marion Davis, meanwhile sits in a plush office somewhere in Warwickshire drafting silly speeches and writing letters to ministers.

Then there’s CAFCASS, the £131m organsiation who are proposing to reduce frontline services in the face of rising demand first by offering just a ‘safe minimum service’, with the emphasis clearly on the ‘minimum’. Then they are going to stop their Guardian staff from doing the job that courts appoint them to do and just hold a ‘watching brief’. Apart from being of questionable legality there is no hint of preserving the frontline by reducing the myriads of management persons and other hangers-on who draw large publicly funded salaries and bonuses from this QUANGO. Instead it is the frontline which is being cut.

So, if as a frontline worker you want to keep your job, watch your rear. Your bosses will be doing their very best to sacrifice you to save themselves.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2010 7:57 am

    I was being a little tongue-in-cheek but only a little bit. We have been mulling over this a while at work and can’t see front-line workers being as protected as the government would like people to believe. As you say, there is a level of middle management fighting for their lives. We have seen agency and bank staff let go and posts not being filled from retirees and those same agency staff. We are in the middle of another reconfiguration and seriously I think there will be smaller front line teams as a direct result. The most obvious savings to be made are in salaries.

  2. Brick permalink*
    July 28, 2010 9:12 am

    Hi cb. Ah, those reconfigurations, reorganisations, realignments not to mention the £10m “transformation programme” underway at Cafcass they all aim at justifying the positions and salaries of the managers and are mostly just a nuisance at the front-line.

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