One of the arguments over whether Councils can cut spending without cutting front line services is over the question on "non-jobs." Those who claim that service cuts are inevitable insist that the occiaisional esoteric job title is a distraction. The salaries of these tiny number of posts being trivial among the total Council budget.

That excuse is much harder to maintain after some figures provided by the Daily Telegraph this morning.

It reports:

Local authorities have taken on an extra 180,000 workers since 1997, with the total number not employed in traditional front-line roles now standing at almost 750,000, according to ministers.

The exact figures show that the number employed by local authorities in Britain was 2,728,000 in 1997 while by last year the figure was 2,907,000.

The report adds:

There were 741,702 people on council payrolls who were not in traditional “front- line” jobs such as those in education, social services, recreation, libraries, planning, environmental health, culture, heritage or trading standards.

Bob Neill, the Local Government Minister, said:

“These figures reveal the explosion in town hall jobs and bureaucracy under Labour and reinforce the need for some councils to start cutting out middle management.

“Crazy non-jobs like cheerleading development officers and press officers tasked with spinning propaganda on bin collections provide no value to the public.

Trade unions have made, (exaggerated) predictions of total losses at Town Halls of 162,000.

Nor can we pretend the problem has been solved. While busily closing libraries and blaming the Government we have Labour-run Liverpool City Council advertising for a director of regeneration and employment on a salary of “up to £140,000”; an assistant director of adult services on £90,000 a year; and an assistant director for supporting communities, also on £90,000 a year.

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