Non-job of the week

June 15, 2011 11:45 AM

A councillor's job is to represent their constituents interests. They should be finding out what is going on in the community, engaging people in the democratic process, and where there are problems, they should be troubleshooting, ensuring we get what we pay for. Why then does Oxford City Council require a Tenants Involvement and Development Officer?  Here's part of the job description:
The post of Tenants Involvement and Development Officer, within Oxford City Council’s Communities and Neighbourhoods Team, offers an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic team player to develop and support new and existing ways of involving tenants and leaseholders and enabling participation from a broader range of tenants and leaseholders in all areas of work related to Oxford City Council.

Do we really need extra council officers to enable this? Isn't this what councillors and community groups do? Of course councils should be listening to tenants' concerns, but they don't need to employ extra staff to prove they are.

Non-Job of the WeekThe accolade this week though goes to Greenwich. The council is searching for an Active Travel Development Officer. The job description goes like this:
Greenwich is continuing its dynamic transformation. We are developing land, buildings and new transport links to make our Borough the destination of choice for people who live, work or visit Greenwich.

This role is based in the Council’s Strategic Development team, a team responsible for the corporate Greener Greenwich programme. Funded by Greenwich NHS, this role will develop and expand Active and Sustainable Travel in the Borough with the aim of increasing the numbers of local people making the positive choice of including physical activity in their daily travel plans.

As a great communicator you’ll be able to create links between organisations and individuals. Working with partner agencies and local people you will be developing and promoting activity which will help deliver both sustainable transport and health improvements to those in Greenwich.

Here we go again! The nanny state wants you to change your lifestyle. On one hand the council says it believes in choice, and on the other it preaches at us, telling us the choices it wants us to make. All of us have a right to freedom of speech. Just don't use my money to tell me what to do!A councillor's job is to represent their constituents interests. They should be finding out what is going on in the community, engaging people in the democratic process, and where there are problems, they should be troubleshooting, ensuring we get what we pay for. Why then does Oxford City Council require a Tenants Involvement and Development Officer?  Here's part of the job description:
The post of Tenants Involvement and Development Officer, within Oxford City Council’s Communities and Neighbourhoods Team, offers an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic team player to develop and support new and existing ways of involving tenants and leaseholders and enabling participation from a broader range of tenants and leaseholders in all areas of work related to Oxford City Council.

Do we really need extra council officers to enable this? Isn't this what councillors and community groups do? Of course councils should be listening to tenants' concerns, but they don't need to employ extra staff to prove they are.

Non-Job of the WeekThe accolade this week though goes to Greenwich. The council is searching for an Active Travel Development Officer. The job description goes like this:
Greenwich is continuing its dynamic transformation. We are developing land, buildings and new transport links to make our Borough the destination of choice for people who live, work or visit Greenwich.

This role is based in the Council’s Strategic Development team, a team responsible for the corporate Greener Greenwich programme. Funded by Greenwich NHS, this role will develop and expand Active and Sustainable Travel in the Borough with the aim of increasing the numbers of local people making the positive choice of including physical activity in their daily travel plans.

As a great communicator you’ll be able to create links between organisations and individuals. Working with partner agencies and local people you will be developing and promoting activity which will help deliver both sustainable transport and health improvements to those in Greenwich.

Here we go again! The nanny state wants you to change your lifestyle. On one hand the council says it believes in choice, and on the other it preaches at us, telling us the choices it wants us to make. All of us have a right to freedom of speech. Just don't use my money to tell me what to do!

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