Views sought as fears grow for Weymouth jobs

Dorset Echo: The Land Registry on the Granby Industrial Estate in Weymouth The Land Registry on the Granby Industrial Estate in Weymouth

PEOPLE are being asked for their views as fears are growing for the future of 200 jobs in Weymouth.

Views are needed on government plans to privatise the Land Registry, which employs more than 200 people in Weymouth, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union says.

There are just days left for people to submit their opinions.

PCS says plans to turn the Land Registry into a government company (GovCo), or bring in other forms of private ownership, are 'unnecessary' and 'politically motivated'.

Concerns about workers' job security were raised by MPs from all parties in a recent debate in parliament.

Former Chief Land Registrar and land registration expert, John Manthorpe, has attacked the proposals, saying he did not believe the system could be administered with the same 'integrity and commercial neutrality' by a private company.

The union fears greater private sector involvement would mean a loss of accountability to the public and MPs.

Michael Kavanagh, president of the union's Land Registry group, said: "We are urging as many people and organisations as possible to tell the government the Land Registry must remain in the public sector.

"As well as defending people's jobs in Weymouth we are determined to defend this vital public service from being sold off for profit because the consequences for the public and small local firms would be catastrophic."

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2:12pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Sally MacLennane says...

As a tax payer, consolidation us a good thing. The public gravytrain has to stop.

Shame it's local, but needs must....
As a tax payer, consolidation us a good thing. The public gravytrain has to stop. Shame it's local, but needs must.... Sally MacLennane
  • Score: -7

4:13pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Michael Kavanagh says...

Actually, Land Registry makes no call whatsoever on the public purse. In fact it actually makes money for HM Treasury. This is nothing short of an attempt to rob the public of yet another vital public service. In almost every other instance, quality of service has gone down whilst costs to the public have recent. Ideological and economic madness. The customers don't want it and the staff don't want it. We are prepared to fight this madness all the way.
Actually, Land Registry makes no call whatsoever on the public purse. In fact it actually makes money for HM Treasury. This is nothing short of an attempt to rob the public of yet another vital public service. In almost every other instance, quality of service has gone down whilst costs to the public have recent. Ideological and economic madness. The customers don't want it and the staff don't want it. We are prepared to fight this madness all the way. Michael Kavanagh
  • Score: 12

4:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

BossDog says...

Michael Kavanagh wrote:
Actually, Land Registry makes no call whatsoever on the public purse. In fact it actually makes money for HM Treasury. This is nothing short of an attempt to rob the public of yet another vital public service. In almost every other instance, quality of service has gone down whilst costs to the public have recent. Ideological and economic madness. The customers don't want it and the staff don't want it. We are prepared to fight this madness all the way.
Kavanagh hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.”
― with apologies to William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
[quote][p][bold]Michael Kavanagh[/bold] wrote: Actually, Land Registry makes no call whatsoever on the public purse. In fact it actually makes money for HM Treasury. This is nothing short of an attempt to rob the public of yet another vital public service. In almost every other instance, quality of service has gone down whilst costs to the public have recent. Ideological and economic madness. The customers don't want it and the staff don't want it. We are prepared to fight this madness all the way.[/p][/quote]Kavanagh hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.” ― with apologies to William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice BossDog
  • Score: -13

5:05pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Stotters says...

Sally MacLennane wrote:
As a tax payer, consolidation us a good thing. The public gravytrain has to stop.

Shame it's local, but needs must....
The public gravy train. You really shouldn't believe all you read in the papers. As for the old taxpayers thing again, Civil Servants pay tax too you know and they also shop in their local economy one that is fast becoming seriously depleted. Be careful what you wish for these things have knock on effects.
[quote][p][bold]Sally MacLennane[/bold] wrote: As a tax payer, consolidation us a good thing. The public gravytrain has to stop. Shame it's local, but needs must....[/p][/quote]The public gravy train. You really shouldn't believe all you read in the papers. As for the old taxpayers thing again, Civil Servants pay tax too you know and they also shop in their local economy one that is fast becoming seriously depleted. Be careful what you wish for these things have knock on effects. Stotters
  • Score: 16

6:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

southwellman says...

Is it any difference from the coast guard being moved to the midlands? Not really.. just a way of cutting costs.. the worry is they are cutting the cost but we see no difference in tax
Is it any difference from the coast guard being moved to the midlands? Not really.. just a way of cutting costs.. the worry is they are cutting the cost but we see no difference in tax southwellman
  • Score: -1

7:49pm Thu 13 Mar 14

malkie says...

Can someone tell me where a privatised service has actually improved its quality or reduced the cost to the general public, apart from BA, who have genuine competition? I am looking at utilities, the Post Office, transport, etc. I fear that privatisation of the Land Registry will lead to a worse service, job losses and at no financial benefit to the general public. I should add that I am not connected to the LR in any way.
Can someone tell me where a privatised service has actually improved its quality or reduced the cost to the general public, apart from BA, who have genuine competition? I am looking at utilities, the Post Office, transport, etc. I fear that privatisation of the Land Registry will lead to a worse service, job losses and at no financial benefit to the general public. I should add that I am not connected to the LR in any way. malkie
  • Score: 15

8:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bert Fry says...

southwellman wrote:
Is it any difference from the coast guard being moved to the midlands? Not really.. just a way of cutting costs.. the worry is they are cutting the cost but we see no difference in tax
They're not cutting cost, as the the Land Registry brings in revenue to the treasury this move will cost money.
This is simply an attempt to move profit that currently goes to all of us (offsetting taxes we all pay) into the hands of a private company. Can anybody explain why this should be a good thing?
[quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: Is it any difference from the coast guard being moved to the midlands? Not really.. just a way of cutting costs.. the worry is they are cutting the cost but we see no difference in tax[/p][/quote]They're not cutting cost, as the the Land Registry brings in revenue to the treasury this move will cost money. This is simply an attempt to move profit that currently goes to all of us (offsetting taxes we all pay) into the hands of a private company. Can anybody explain why this should be a good thing? Bert Fry
  • Score: 17

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