I think it went something on the lines of Labour being in isolation for years.Well i am a realist i hope he is 100% right but can you really believe what he as said? can he. I think what you will really see is a panic starting to set in to the Liberal Democrat rank and file very soon. We have all ready seen three councillors leave to become independents yesterday,the vibes you get from senior liberals in Government would not instill confidence, and most of the residents i have spoken with think they have dropped a right clanger,the second thing that made me smile was how many have joined the Liberal Democrats, my question to him is how many have left?
Government planning national NHS ‘resignation scheme’
Last Updated – 3rd September 2010 at 03:39 PM –>
NHS trusts across the country have been writing to staff offering them a lump sum pay-off under a “mutually agreed resignation scheme”.
These schemes are designed to create vacancies which managers believe either do not need to be replaced or which can be filled by redeployment from jobs that themselves do not need to be replaced.
It is thought some compulsory redundancies could be prevented this way as the NHS tries to save billions of pounds and moves towards abolition of primary care trusts (PCTs), as set out in the Government’s white paper.
Now, in a bid to ensure consistency across the service, a national scheme is being set up instead. NHS East of England chief executive, Sir Neil McKay, has overseen the deal.
In a letter to NHS managers, reported by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), he said: “I am aware that a number of NHS organisations have agreed mutually agreed resignation schemes (MARS) to help with management costs reductions.
“Although such schemes are not currently related to any impact of the white paper, I want to ensure we are as joined up as possible.
“We are therefore working with the NHS trade unions and NHS Employers to create a national scheme that would supersede any local arrangements (other than those developed by foundation trusts).”
According to the HSJ, the NHS deal will allow managers to receive up to a year’s pay if they volunteer to leave the service.
This would equate to £97,478 for the highest paid manager under the Agenda for Change contract or £137,500 for the average PCT chief executive.
But it reported this agreement was worth only half that offered under Agenda for Change redundancy terms, of which the maximum payable sum was equivalent to two years’ salary.
It is thought people who have expressed interest in their local scheme will be able to move to the national scheme unless they have already signed on the dotted line.
Staff will be told they have a very short period to agree to the scheme before it is withdrawn.
The government tonight came under pressure to set up a judicial inquiry into the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World after the paper confirmed that it has suspended a journalist while it investigates new allegations of the unlawful interception of voicemail.
The prime minister’s media adviser, Andy Coulson, has denied a report in the New York Times which claimed he freely discussed the use of unlawful news-gathering techniques when he was editing the paper and “actively encouraged” a named reporter to engage in illegal interception of voicemail messages. Coulson has always denied knowing of any illegal activity by his journalists.
I went to walkden yesterday the home of Cllr Lindley,we tried to park at the shopping centre but had no luck,many of you will have seen the large tesco site being built.We finally got a space on the road next to a pub and walked back, inside the centre you will find a once bustling site half empty,except for the workmen buying canned drinks and pies. I sat back a little sad because this centre was in my opinion one of the better ones in Salford with it’s size it offered a great range of goods.It’s hard when you see these large supermarkets springing up every where,on one hand you get the jobs and some bargains,but i still hanker for the old days with the mix of small family businesses offering all sorts, each had there own characters that you got to know by name, perhaps i am showing my age, but in my heart all i can see is the slow distruction of all the small family shops, perhaps in 20 years we will lose the title of a nation of shopkeepers unless you count the pound shops.any views.
Now leader of the Conservative group on Swansea Council, until June 2006 Kinzett was a Liberal Democrat councillor and had stood for the party in the 2005 general election. “I’d been a Lib Dem since 1992 and had always thought of myself as both a small and big ‘L’ liberal,” he explains. “But my idea of what cost-cutting liberal policies meant in practice didn’t fit with the majority of my colleagues, who were basically soggy socialists. There were lots of rows and it was clear that I just wasn’t fitting in.”
The Conservatives, keen to trumpet a defection ahead of the 2006 local elections, tried to persuade him to take part in a London press conference alongside David Cameron, but he refused, waiting until June that year to make his announcement. “I didn’t want to face a barrage of sceptical questions or be used as a battering ram against friends in the Lib Dems who were re-standing,” he says.
While ‘more in sadness than in anger’ sums up Kinzett’s defection, the same cannot be said of Cllr Maureen Bristow, who quit the Lib Dems in June this year to join the Labour Party in Hull. “Joining Labour has been brilliant. It’s been like becoming part of a family,” she says. “The coalition government was the final straw for me. To support the Tories is against absolutely everything I was brought up with.”
She had some trepidation before making the move, but although former colleagues have been civil since her defection, she was upset by a press release claiming that she was simply disgruntled at having been passed over for the post of Deputy Lord Mayor, something she denies. Paul Marsden meanwhile experienced the full brunt of tribal politics, as Labour MPs punished him for what they regarded as treachery. “I was completely blanked and ignored by former colleagues,” he says. “They just cut me dead.”
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