Council is trimming off the fat, and about time

WHILE I feel sorry for all those council workers who are losing their jobs, I think many local authorities began their cuts programme from a position of over-bloatedness.

The public sector grew massively under the previous government which had the worthy aim of getting as near to zero unemployment but in the process created huge numbers of non-jobs that just prove a huge burden on the taxpayer, something that is particularly grievous to those with feeble pension plans and wages in the private sector.

Much better to have ploughed all their resources into re-stimulating manufacturing. Increasing exports is the best way to energise a country’s economy, not just sending the same money round in an endless wage-tax-pension-service circle.

We are told that Wigan has had to sustain the third worst cuts to its budget in the country but we aren’t told the figures. If a thriftier council that was spending £500 a head on its citizens before the recession and is told to cut 10 per cent then its cuts aren’t going to be as severe in money terms as one already spending £1,000 per head of population but the impact on services in the first is likely to be worse on the first one.

When times start to get better I would hope that we will get a better balance between the public and private sector. That doesn’t mean hacking front line jobs either now or then. But I’d much rather a larger number of our working population had well-paid private sector jobs than public ones.

M Dawson

Hindley Green

Criminal to privatise probation

I COULD see the point of dismantling the criminal justice system 60 years ago when we lived a life more free from crime, but not today.

Part of the Probation Service could be given over to the private and voluntary sector.

Surely the probation staff are trained to deal with offenders or is it a cost cutting exercise?

On TV we learn that some old prisons will be closed.

Have they built the new ones yet?

Today we have far fewer police to effectively protect the public.

Could we hear more from the voices of the people who work in the Criminal Justice System about how they feel about the changes?

Any changes must ensure higher levels of safety in our communities from crime.

Crime is an inevitable part of our lives and can never be eradicated but it can be reduced with the right crime policies in place.

Mrs P O’Connor

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Demise of HMV as web on the rise

As per the Staples’ story last week, it’s more to do with a company’s lack of change than placing ‘blame’ on the internet or supermarkets.

The world of entertaiment is changing at a rapid rate.

Young people buy the most music, and they’re predominantly using services like iTunes to dowload music files rather than walking into a shop and buying a CD.

Wandering Wiganer,

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