How Argyll & Bute Works: The ASN cuts


Cllr Donald Kelly has told the Dunoon Observer that the 40% cuts proposed to the staff delivering an additional support needs service to children were always going to be withdrawn. If he is correct, and I think he is, this is the most cynical abuse of position by Cllr Walsh and his tawdry administration. To propose something as dramatic as this with the intention of looking like the good guy when you withdraw the proposal is appalling.

One of the parents quoted in the paper, Duncan McGillivray, said that this is “…both immoral and disgraceful.” Quite.

The article in the Dunoon Observer can be found here: http://www.dunoon-observer.com/index.php/news/the-news/9693-controversial-cuts-removed-by-Christmas

Perhaps the worst aspect of this is that the ASN cuts are a smokescreen to enable the rest of the cuts to go through quietly once the ASN ones are removed.

There are alternatives and some of them can be found here and here. Meanwhile, there were 2 exempt items on the agenda for the policy and resources committee on Thursday past that I can’t say much about. What I can say is that, together, they have cost this council an eye watering 7 figure sum. There will be a little more on this to follow once I consider what I can and cannot say without breaking the councillors’ code of conduct.


6 responses to “How Argyll & Bute Works: The ASN cuts”

  1. Dave Dewar says:

    Are you bothered about the councillors’ code of conduct. Can’t you just ignore it? You have not had action taken against you so far so why bother now?

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  2. Laurie says:

    If all of this is true, it seems to me that the council is in a crisis situation whereby it is unable to be led by current incumbents and thus leadership reigns need to be taken over in an emergency situation whilst current incumbents are scrutinised for unethical behaviour.

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  3. […] I have now had it confirmed to me by another councillor that the proposal to impose huge cuts to the Additional Support Needs service was always a ploy by Cllr Walsh’s administration. They would propose this, then withdraw it before Christmas to make them look like the good guys. This would also take eyes off the rest of the cuts going through, eg the £3m+ from early years. See my earlier post for more on this here. […]

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