Phil, I think you may need to edit …

Comment posted McCuish announces details of ‘team fit to build recovery in Argyll and Bute’ by Bob Chicken.

Phil, I think you may need to edit your comment. The word “bllocks” either needs one less “L” or an additional “O”.

Sorry – couldn’t resist!

Bob Chicken also commented

  • Oh yes, one more thing on the Social Care agenda. How about planning for returning the unique services of Neighbourhood Networks to our communities?
  • If this is going to be a truly progressive alliance they will need to tackle the iniquitous social care charging system as a matter of urgency.

    An independent survey has shown that it charges some of the highest rates in Scotland. It seems to regularly bill service users for services they haven’t received and appears to have been designed by the finance department for the finance department and not for the service users or their care managers.

    Either by luck or design the Progressive Alliance has made an inspired choice in Anne Horn as the champion for vulnerable adults. I hope that her sound understanding of their problems, allied to her well known propensity for hard work, will start to overcome many of the problems of social care and bring more fairness to the system.

Recent comments by Bob Chicken

  • Argyll Labour politicians warn of the anorexic ‘thin blue line’ of Police Scotland
    John, good to see you are following the activities of the Scottish Labour Party in Argyll and Bute with such intense fascination. I have no doubt we will continue to keep your interest up.

    Our membership, both active and otherwise, throughout the constituency, including South Kintyre, has been steadily growing for a long time – and continues to do so.

    Michael Kelly is a young candidate with excellent qualifications and the ability to think strategically about the future of South Kintyre. He lives and works in Kintyre and, like the rest of us, believes passionately that the removal of essential public services from Kintyre and Argyll must be reversed as a matter of urgency. We are delighted to have such a good candidate representing those views in South Kintyre and look forward to seeing him putting them into action.

    Mary, Michael and the rest of our team have spent a considerable amount of time on the doorsteps of South Kintyre talking to people and get the strong impression that they are feeling very let down by the council and their representatives on it.

  • Sturgeon presents fully populist spending programme of government
    Don’t apologise. I am well aware that EU regulations MAY create problems. Glasgow City Council appears to be getting round the legislation by saying they would give ‘material advantage’ to good who pay the living wage and, among other things, don’t use zero hours contracts.

    To quote Patrick Harvie speaking on this subject “Sometimes it is necessary for governments to be willing to test the boundaries of what’s allowable.”

    If you don’t try, you don’t get!

  • Sturgeon presents fully populist spending programme of government
    Lowry, I’d love to know where you get your figures from because, in the very small number of people that I work with, I am aware of 3 individuals and a family of two that have severe disabilities and who are currently having their housing benefits reduced substantially as a result of the bedroom tax. Perhaps you are just playing with semantics?
  • Sturgeon presents fully populist spending programme of government
    Clearly the SNP have a real problem with the Living Wage. They have twice had the opportunity to extend it to all public sector contractors and have sided with the Tories to reject it. As a result it continues to pay the public sector to contract out work to private sector contractors who are only too happy to hold down the pay of cleaners, catering staff, care and support workers, building and maintenance workers etc,etc. Is this fair and progressive?
  • Sturgeon presents fully populist spending programme of government
    The Scottish Government under Alex Salmond developed a habit of speaking left but acting right. Progressive policies never seemed to translate into progressive action. Most were booted into the post referendum long grass.

    Much of Nicola Sturgeon’s legislative programme appears to be motherhood and apple pie to those of us with a more progressive bent. I sincerely hope she is successful in bringing it into action.

    However, the devil will undoubtedly be in the detail and, while her proposals for higher education are laudable in trying to get students from a poorer background into university, I see little mention of those whose career needs are best met by vocational training. The expansion of apprenticeships is undoubtedly a step in the right direction but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of rewinding Michael Russell’s sleight of hand diversion of Further Education College funding to Universities.

    There is also little mention of the so called ‘care tax’ – that is the charge on the vulnerable for the cost of their essential social care. Here in Argyll and Bute the charges are some of the highest in Scotland.

    Our treatment of the disabled is also further exacerbated by the lack of ring-fencing of the bedroom tax alleviation fund. This was wrung from the SNP government after a year of political wrangling that saw them dragged kicking and screaming to drink from the trough of social justice by fully compensating everyone who paid bedroom tax.However, they didn’t ring fence the funding. As a result Argyll and Bute council only used around 20% of it for alleviating the effect of the bedroom tax. In my day to day work I see people with serious disabilities, whose only income is from benefits, who have been turned down for this funding , despite the Scottish & UK governments’ clear intention that they should be entitled to it. An instant fix could be achieved by simply ring fencing this money now.

powered by SEO Super Comments

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Ma.gnolia
  • NewsVine
  • StumbleUpon
  • SphereIt
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Print

37 Responses to Phil, I think you may need to edit …

  1. Is it not a bit odd to announce the Chair of Cowal and Bute Area Committee before one third of that area has even had a chance to elect its councillors?

    I realise Roddy is trying to steal a march here, and this sort of manoeuvring is to be expected. But is it not a bit disrespectful towards the people of Dunoon that their councillors are – by dint of timing – not even in the reckoning?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  2. I note ‘education and learning’ has been kepy open for mr Breslin or another? Another day would have been better, but new admin very keen to get off starting blocks.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  3. If this is going to be a truly progressive alliance they will need to tackle the iniquitous social care charging system as a matter of urgency.

    An independent survey has shown that it charges some of the highest rates in Scotland. It seems to regularly bill service users for services they haven’t received and appears to have been designed by the finance department for the finance department and not for the service users or their care managers.

    Either by luck or design the Progressive Alliance has made an inspired choice in Anne Horn as the champion for vulnerable adults. I hope that her sound understanding of their problems, allied to her well known propensity for hard work, will start to overcome many of the problems of social care and bring more fairness to the system.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Totally agree,
      I spoke to councilor McCuish last year about the deliberate exclusion of service users in any crucial engagement regards charges for service provision and he was shocked that there was no dialogue regards charges with clients.

      I suspect the officers done the deal with well paid mangers in the voluntary sector and the commissioning team.If so, it’s absolutely shameful by Loudon.

      Through ForArgyl, I again challenge Sally Loudon, Douglas Hendry, or Jim Robb (Adult Care)to a proper consultation in the Corran Halls with the appropriate councilors. True to form they have run away. Cowards!

      I would urge Councilor McCuish to order a review of these charges immediately. I am being charged 75% of my disposable income.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Luck is always a useful component when engaged in government but I can assure Bob Chicken that her colleagues and friends are well aware of Anne Horn’s abilities and her suitability for this appountment.

      Apropos Mairi’s comment at #1 I suspect that Roddy is not banking on Mr Walsh’s support!

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  4. Oh yes, one more thing on the Social Care agenda. How about planning for returning the unique services of Neighbourhood Networks to our communities?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  5. I think it is safe to say Education has been kept as to be concluded until after the result of today’s election. I don’t know Michael Breslin but, from what I have heard, he is the obvious candidate for the role.

    I thought George Freeman might by appointed as Deputy Leader due to his somewhat lengthy experience (sorry George!) within the Council however, that said, John Semple is a fine candidate for the job and I have no doubt he will support Roddy McCuish superbly.

    A number of other very sensible choices. Good to see George returning to the role of Housing Spokesperson. It was shamefully stripped of him and his knowledge in this area means he is comfortably the best man for the job.
    I am also very pleased to see James Robb as the Finance Spokesperson. He has proven he has a fine grasp of LG finances and it is unlikely that some of the financial errors made in the past two years will get by him as easily as they got by the previous administration (deliberately or otherwise).

    The staff liaison role, if the anecdotal (I put that in for Simon) evidence that ARSN has picked up over the past 18 months is anything to go by, is a very welcome and overdue idea. Dougie Philand is an ideal choice, approachable, very fair and a track record of putting the job before himself.

    Other choices which were no brainers based on previous experience and clearly communicated commitments are Anne Horn as the Adult’s Champion, Elaine Robertson as Carer’s champion and Louise Glen-Lee’s spokesperson role.
    All in all it would appear the right people have been selected for the right jobs and it is good to see that the majority of the deputies are new councillors – hopefully this aid in development and stand them in good stead for future roles

    Good luck to all of them.

    And as a last point – James as Chair of H&L Area Committee – fantastic! Cllr Dance always liked to lord over any position of authority she had, somewhat satisfying to see she has next to none now.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  6. Delighted to see James Robb as Helensburgh and Lomond area chairman. First job: stop the CHORD destruction of Colquhoun Square. Second job: Take charge of the CHORD board.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

      • ALL CORD schemes throughout Argyll must be put into suspension and reviewed. In fact even the principles behind CORD needs looking into and a fresh alternative brought forward.

        Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

        • This would be wise. Much of the programme is formless and in disarray. It has now lost a key member of staff, its Programme Coordinator. who is moving south to a new job.
          All in all, this has to be the right moment for executive intervention and reform – and no consultants. If council officers are not up to doing this themselves, they are not up to their jobs.

          Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

      • And don’t let Vivien Dance anywhere near the Planning Committee in future! Her close links with property developers in Helensburgh make her unfit to serve on that committee in a proper way. Send her elsewhere!

        Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  7. Robert MacIntyre as Chair of Bute & Cowal Area Committee??

    Will he stay awake long enough to get past the round of “Good Mornings”

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  8. I suggest Argyll First change their group name to the more appropriate MONEY FIRST . Thirty pieces of silver to betray 305 years of successful Union .

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • what a vindictive and narrow minded attitude. You may not agree with an individuals politics but you should at least respect their right to have another perspective than yours. At least Argyll First have the temerity to put aside any doctrinal differences for the benefit of the local community with a wish to at least improve and open up the Argyll and Bute Council functions that require serious attention. They also put their names to their comments and actions as do I. ITS A PITY YOU ARE NOT BRAVE ENOUGH to do similar. What have you got to hide?

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • Islay for ever: No mention of the people and the land of SCOTLAND being sold out to the puppet prince william just for the protection of the engaylish

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

        • Islay for ever
          Don’t class me with the Scottish nationalists, the SNP have sold us out just like the lords and lairds of old (look up salmond and agenda21 treaty of Rio) as for a “mask” sorry but I don’t wear one, I have no need of a king queen or Pope LOL as for “ugly racist anti engaylish” well that just has my sides splitting, guess the white settler English in Scotland have had a humour bypass my English business partners have always found the funny side to the “engaylish title or my favourite engerland (German queen)
          But guess Argyll has gone all PC on me since I was away working in England and Wales

          Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


All the latest comments (including yours) straight to your mailbox, everyday! Click here to subscribe.