I have noticed a lot of articles on Local News about Municipal Councils in the UK announcing their “cuts” in order to meet Government Austerity targets.
Whilst these are unavoidable, I wonder at the mix of services being cut, as do many…I guess. A friend of mine working for a Central government Agency told me he was being discontinued from May this year and his job, his Department and his Agency were not being replaced. He felt it was cuts first and think later.
With Local Government it seems that the announcement are usually services for young people, street cleansing and a few other items. The Public Sector cuts will see job openings in many public sector organisations for young people disappear for a few years and these same people will appear on dirtier streets…does not seem quite well enough thought through to me.
That aside, the need for Software to contribute to the “cut first think later” mentality might become apparent in short time. The 80% of Local Authority workers left in post in April and May will still have the same workload, possibly made more difficult by recent history and will have to deliver to a public where the general feeling is less positive (as always happened with rising unemployment).
Maybe it is time to target the lower resource levels? Where should you actually empty street litter bins and sweep streets and where should you only do so when you recevei a complaint.
With applications like “Love Clean Streets” that citizens can download to their smart phones, citizens in the less-blighted areas will report instances of overflowing bins and dirty pavements, so why sweep clean streets?
And…just to be crystal clear, I think many councils will cut jobs first, then wonder how they can provide the services that they have been until that point, then conclude that they have to target services, then target using historic data and map-anlaytics tools, then see that some areas have little or no problems with graffitti/fly tipping/litter, then target resources on the blighted areas, then implement systems like “Love Clean Streets” to invoke crowd sourcing….just my opinion on the sequence in >50% UK Councils.