Green councillor Charlie Bolton points out in the depths of his blog that Labour’s new proposals for the home care service will break their election promise not to privatise any more of the service.
Labour’s social services boss, Peter Hammond appears to have now committed himself to outsourcing to the private sector any care packages involving 5 or less hours of care that are currently delivered by the council’s service. Bolton calculates this is about 30% of the work currently done by the council. All of which will be privatised under Hammond’s alleged “no more privatisation” banner.
The Lib Dems meanwhile are “calling in” for further discussion Hammond’s slash and burn decision last week on the future of the council’s residential care homes. Hammond’s plan on this one is to close eight out of 13 homes and privatise the rest.
The Lib Dems say Hammond’s decision shows a lack of transparency, poor consultation and that he does not have any evidence to support his case.
Fairly reasonable claims if you consider that Bristol Labour – who claimed in May when they took power that “transparency in decision-making was absolutely paramount” – only released their plan one week before they took the decision to go ahead.
And Hammond’s response? “I did not ask the cabinet to agree any sort of detailed costed programme,” retorts the financial genius.
No surprises there then. Has Hammond ever presented a detailed costed proposal for any decision he’s made in the last five years? Indeed it’s highly unlikely he would recognise a costed proposal if it was boning him up the backside.