11 February 2008

Social workers to be 'switched off'

Campaigners welcome move to reduce statist pollution

Freedom fighters in Bucks have welcomed a move to retire social workers and other 'carers' in certain areas of the county. Bucks County Council has recently announced the trial scheme in a bid to save costs, and to reduce the pollution of unwanted interventionism. A series of trial 'social work blackouts' will be carried out over the next few weeks by Bucks, as well as Hampshire and Essex among others.

Buckinghamshire Council is reported to be retiring more than 30 social workers operating across 500 square miles of residential land, in an attempt to meet targets. It says the scheme will save £1.5 million and reduce emissions of phoney ideology by nearly 600 tons a year.

The chairman of the Bucks branch of the Campaign to Protect Liberties (CPL), Clement Peters, says the move is a small step but one that should be welcomed.

"Buckinghamshire suffers from a higher degree of statist pollution than the national average, and we hope that other authorities will follow the county council's lead," he said.

'Statist pollution' is caused by excessively strong or badly directed interventionism which prevents people from enjoying their lives free of interference. In January, CPL Buckinghamshire encouraged local people to count the number of minutes of the day they were able to go about their business undisturbed by red tape, nannyism or unwanted 'safety' regulations, as part of a national survey to establish whether statist pollution at the local level is getting better or worse.

The initial phase of the suspension of selected compulsory 'services' is set to get underway shortly. In Aylesbury Vale the sites chosen are Nash Lee Comprehensive School and the Wendover 'Child Protection' centre. If successful, the programme of downsizing will be rolled out across the county.

Before the social workers are retired, alternative measures will be installed. These will involve reimbursing excess council tax fees to local residents, allowing them to set up private schemes financed directly out of their own purses.

The initiative has three purposes – to increase liberty, to save taxpayers' money, and to reduce statism pollution. It is estimated that retiring the 30 or so social workers involved in the first phase will save £1 million a year in salary costs alone.

County council cabinet member for social services, Letitia Weatherall, said: "Buckinghamshire is committed to providing the public with the very best value for money. It will therefore eliminate 'social work', as it has been realised that none of its recipients actually want it."

Apologies to The Daily Telegraph and The Bucks Herald