Popular Post Ghostrider Posted August 27, 2015 Popular Post Report Share Posted August 27, 2015 If you do have a problem with the way things are being run i suggest you confront them face to face and also inform your local councillor. Totally irrelevant. The Council has no direct control over COPE, and COPE employees are under no obligation to engage with the general public on staffing and/or management matters as far as I'm aware. The Directors of COPE are a somewhat incestuous self-appointed group, and COPE's core funding is provided by the SCT, another somewhat incestuous self-appointed group. The Shetland public, in whose name COPE operates and whose collective funds are being spent to ensure COPE's very existence, have no say over, nor avenue to challenge any prt of that process whatsoever. It is cronyism at its very worst. One cosy little group of mutual back-scratchers presiding over a pot of everyone else's money, handing it out as they, and only they see fit, to another cosy little group of mutual back-scratchers to spend however the two groups see fit to agree between themselves. Were the SCT a private fund, whole other ball game, those involved could run it however they so decree, and hand out as much as they like to whoever they like for whtever they like, but its not. This is allegedly a public fund and an allegedly public service, both run allegedly by public servants, yet the public has no control, no influence, and most worryingly of all, there is no accountability to the public for anything at any stage. THAT is where the real problem lies IMHO. Your argument would seem to suggest that just because a few of the target group of clients benefit from COPE's work that the orgnisation should be exempt from scrutiny and criticism. Thats a bit like arguing that just because you get your black bag collected once a week, the Council should be exempt from scrutiny and criticism. I've yet to see anyone claim the mangement and employees of COPE are doing a "bad" job with what clients they have, rather that management and employee numbers are growing increasingly disproportiate to client numbers, and that decisions are being taken and policies enacted that have all the appearance of reducing COPE's income streams, not increasing them. Would you not rather see reduced staff costs, increased income and hopefully increased client placements, than the reduced client placements which are almost inevitable from higher staff costs and reduced income. Or are you a proponent of "any cost is worth it, if only a miniscule number of clients get any benefit at all"? Surely COPE is first and foremost all about their clients, and the management and employees only exists to enable and support the client service. Given the way things are going its starting to develop an appearance that clients now are of secondary importance, and only exist as justification for paid staff to continue drawing their pay cheques, and the public is increasingly seeing it that way. George., Scorrie and Sukibind 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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