One Is Confused…..
Hear ye, Hear ye… roll up for my Christmas Tale of Good Cheer.
Now before you think I have sipped a little too much seasonal sherry, I have to assure you that the story I am about to tell you is absolutely true.
It tells you a little bit bureaucracy which survives live and well in the world of local government. It gives some clue to the effectiveness of procedures that must be obeyed.
The New Forest District Council recently proposed a technical change to the way it collects council tax. However, before applying a change it decided to undertake a public consultation which was advertised on its’ website and Facebook Page, giving everyone the chance to choose between an option “A ” and an option “B”.
The consultation ran for a full six weeks.
In theory, about 200,000 people could have responded to the survey. Of course, it’s accepted that most people wouldn’t do so.
So, how many people do you think actually responded?
Council papers that go to the Conservative Cabinet reveal the startling fact that the number of people who responded to the survey in the six weeks was….. one person!
If this wasn’t funny enough, the one person who did respond told the Council that he supported both options A and B.
Comedy Gold, brought to you from your local Councillor. If you were that one person… Thank you.