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Northumberland Labour Group are concerned for the future of Leisure Services in Northumberland following the Administrations insistence on cheapening the service through the privatisation of all Leisure Services.
Labour who do not back the Administrations use of very expensive interim project managers to drive the privatisation of all services out of the hands of the Council on the sole wish to reduce the number of people engaged in the public sector.
Northumberland Labour Group Leader Grant Davey said: "Its as if Jeff Reid and his cohorts believe the Public Sector to be a pariah, their wish to separate people from the public sector and create a pseudo private sector by letting contracts to the cheapest bidder is abominable."
The Coalition Government has expressed a desire to increase the number of private sector jobs nationally and has failed to do so. In Northumberland the private sector has diminished rapidly with the loss of Northumberland Foods and Alcan. It is Northumberland Labour's belief that this privatisation project is being rushed through in order that contacts are in place before the Local Government Elections in May 2013.
Grant Davey said "the user experience of leisure services, run by various methods across the former District Council areas is that its currently an all-encompassing service that appeals to a wide age group.
The largest groups, BVAL who manage ex- Blyth Valley and Wansbeck’s Leisure Services and Leisure Tynedale who are based in the West of the County are Council formed trust companies, they make a grand job of running Leisure and a blend of the trusts to ensure Staff feel a sense of belonging to the Council would be Labour's chosen method of managing Leisure in future."
Labours Councillor Deirdre Campbell said: Upsetting the balance and removing confidence in peoples employment is not the way to manage public services, Jeff Reid and Neil Bradbury are playing with people's livelihoods".