Secure in his non-job at the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA), the smug Chris Daniel has joined the right leaning chorus of those not only demonising local Government, but also demonising the decisions of local authorities to cut their workforces following a round of central Government spending cuts.
Daniel’s article, filled with needlessly pejorative terms and phrases, such as “Councils ... gorging on taxpayers’ money”, “councils hiking the cost”, “councils ... have gorged on taxpayers’ money”, “[councils] keep feasting by ramping up charges”, “unsustainable growth”, “misspending”, and “bloated”, will be music to those who cheerlead for the TPA and otherwise take its dubiously sourced propaganda on trust.
This also from the ONS
And the apparently sharp increase in headcount in late 2008, as the ONS helpfully tells, was caused by the classification of employees at Lloyds Banking Group and RBS as public sector.
In fact, public sector headcount has (bank bailouts excepted) been falling since 2005, and, as previously noted, most of the rise in the preceding seven years reflected manifesto commitments by the Blair Government. Local Government headcount did not significantly change.So that’s another TPA missive undermined by dodgy figures. No change there, then.