Non-job of the week

December 19, 2012 4:47 PM

Gedling Borough Council in Nottinghamshire increased Council Tax this year by 3.4%. If the council had raised it by just another 0.11%, they would have had to put it to the people in a referendum. At the time, council leader,  John Clarke said the budget would protect spending on front line services while providing extra services such as an apprenticeship scheme and better broadband infrastructure.

We do not know if Cllr Clarke intends to raise Council Tax again, however we do have an idea of what he regards as front line spending. In September the council employed two locality coordinators, costing £54K a year.

So what is the job of a locality coordinator? According to the Nottingham Post, their duties include consulting residents to determine local priorities and coming up with plans to tackle them. Isn't that one of the reasons councillors receive an allowance? Many councillors I know understand exactly what the priorities are in their ward. They don't need the council to employ someone to tell them.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is looking for two Entrepreneurs in Residence. The posts are for one day a week, and the pay is £10K a year. Here's part of the job description:
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has a role to encourage people to become entrepreneurs, to improve the capacity of small businesses to grow and to invest where necessary, focussing on high growth businesses.

We want to connect with people that can provide us with real time information to better understand what it is like today for small businesses starting up and those that are looking to grow.
With that in mind we are looking for two Entrepreneurs in Residence. This will be a one day per week post based in London or Sheffield. These positions are non executive. You will be providing senior officials and occasionally Ministers with your opinion as to where the government should, and should not intervene. You will have some assistance from civil servants to help find your way around Whitehall

I'm sure there are any number of business groups and entrepreneurs who would willingly inform ministers what it is like running a small business. A number of them recently joined us in calling for a freeze in business rates. The same people also said the costs of employing staff made them think twice before creating new posts, so perhaps BIS could tell the Treasury how much  of a burden Employers' National Insurance is.

Two suggestions from ordinary business folk without the need to employ an Entrepreneur in Residence. Perhaps ministers and civil servants need to get out into the real world more? If they did, they would be better informed.

 

 

 

 Gedling Borough Council in Nottinghamshire increased Council Tax this year by 3.4%. If the council had raised it by just another 0.11%, they would have had to put it to the people in a referendum. At the time, council leader,  John Clarke said the budget would protect spending on front line services while providing extra services such as an apprenticeship scheme and better broadband infrastructure.

We do not know if Cllr Clarke intends to raise Council Tax again, however we do have an idea of what he regards as front line spending. In September the council employed two locality coordinators, costing £54K a year.

So what is the job of a locality coordinator? According to the Nottingham Post, their duties include consulting residents to determine local priorities and coming up with plans to tackle them. Isn't that one of the reasons councillors receive an allowance? Many councillors I know understand exactly what the priorities are in their ward. They don't need the council to employ someone to tell them.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is looking for two Entrepreneurs in Residence. The posts are for one day a week, and the pay is £10K a year. Here's part of the job description:
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has a role to encourage people to become entrepreneurs, to improve the capacity of small businesses to grow and to invest where necessary, focussing on high growth businesses.

We want to connect with people that can provide us with real time information to better understand what it is like today for small businesses starting up and those that are looking to grow.
With that in mind we are looking for two Entrepreneurs in Residence. This will be a one day per week post based in London or Sheffield. These positions are non executive. You will be providing senior officials and occasionally Ministers with your opinion as to where the government should, and should not intervene. You will have some assistance from civil servants to help find your way around Whitehall

I'm sure there are any number of business groups and entrepreneurs who would willingly inform ministers what it is like running a small business. A number of them recently joined us in calling for a freeze in business rates. The same people also said the costs of employing staff made them think twice before creating new posts, so perhaps BIS could tell the Treasury how much  of a burden Employers' National Insurance is.

Two suggestions from ordinary business folk without the need to employ an Entrepreneur in Residence. Perhaps ministers and civil servants need to get out into the real world more? If they did, they would be better informed.

 

 

 

 

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