With news that London boroughs look set to face a huge £2bn funding gap by 2020, as a result of continuing cuts to local government funding, Redbridge council are taking up the challenge with some innovative new ideas.
And, our council leader, Jas Athwal, is leading the way and setting an example to all the other councillors by doubling up as a road sweeper with his new appliance of science, the “Glutton” machine. However, he’s only doing Ilford, so we need some volunteer councillors up here in Barkingside, hint!
Other measures include a Digital Hack Day. What’s that you ask? Well, it’s a day of digital hacking. You did ask. Basically it’s an event for volunteers (they can’t afford to pay anybody, like consultants, unless it’s to manufacture “evidence” for their Local Development Plan) to contribute their skills and knowledge on how to get more people interacting with the council online. People (including councillors) cost money so automating services is cheaper (and reduces those job opportunities the politicians are always going on about creating). Here’s the new beta version of the Redbridge website.
But, there’s a sting in the tail for them. Barkingside 21 will be organising our own Digital Hack Day shortly to develop a new App to replace all our councillors, (while they’re out with their Glutton machines), and we hope to have this completed by mid 2017 so you will be able to vote for the digital equivalent in 2018.