Thanks Chris. I did note yesterday that this thread is the most emailed on here which tends to confirm that these are being read.
Ive also been inundated by email with examples of what SP teams have been doing in many different areas of the country. Some of these are without question unlawful and will form a separate post and article in the near future of a naming and shaming type as I have done often in the past. So I will take the opportunity of thanking those sent already and please keep emailing them to me and as always your anonymity will be preserved. The majority of SP teams dont engage in some of the outrageous and unlawful practises I have received and most SP teams in local government are fighting for their own survival as they themselves are being abandoned as no longer 'necessary' by the bean-counters there who wish to transfer SP monies to other 'mandatory spend' matters that we all knew would happen once the ring fence and grant conditions were removed.
SP teams know SP creates massive public spending savings yet also know that because they are not always immediate - or in fact transfer cost to Police, Criminal Justice or Health Care - that the 'its-not-coming-from-my-budget' mentality think they will get away with.
Apart from the eventual cost to the public purse being so much higher - just as for once the Audit Commission correctly made clear in 2006 report on SP - the fact the very vulnerable people are being shafted is deeply offensive and needs to stop