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    Paul 12:44 pm on October 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    More local authorities reject the inevitable, their demise. #Wales can NOT afford 22 authorities – join or be forced to join, more than 10 councils is too much for #Wales

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    Paul 1:04 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    ‘Confusing’ government websites will not save money for 20 years 

    Yesterday government “so called” web officials claimed that revamping websites will lead to a saving of £1.8bn. Firstly it is not Billions, its hundreds of thousands as the UK government counts 1hundred thousand as 1 billion like the yanks… secondly the basis of the figures in the report (link below) takes in to account that every service and interaction will be made online.
    Problem one, this will never ever happen, the public like to do business face-to-face and problem two, what will we do with all the government staff and buildings that will not be needed? in some communities local authority employment accounts for over half, removing this will destroy local economies. The report however, does make one very good and valid point – their websites are poor and very confusing. In many cases the time and cost saving website is generating more staff interaction work with angry members of the public to be satisfied.

    The solution is simple, but will never happen (reasons for this are Government and Council workers guarding their little patch of work)
    Remove ALL local authority websites, yes ALL.
    Every single one and replace them all with one central website for authority services.

    In Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland and England, the services are 95% the same each area could have it’s local site (wales for example) and provide ALL services to all residents (not citizens as we are not yet a communist state). A central UK team with sub teams in Wales, Scotland etc. control all site content, local authorities have an administrator to gather content and figures, this will lead to a single solution, continuity for users and clear solutions for services. But, most of all massive savings UK wide.

    This plan would lead to savings far greater than £85 Million per year* and lead to a single interface with continuity for customers – win/win.

    Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20204677

    • figure based upon inside knowledge of Wales, other authorities may have greater costs for hosting, outsourcing or staffing, which would greatly increase this figure.
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    Paul 12:35 pm on November 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    #MoreMess ‘School laptops headache as Torfaen council stuck with 2,500 of them’ – I remember them being purchased, I also remember the man in charge of the purchase, the Director of IT, he is currently suspended for other reasons and has been for over a year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-20181483 This should be added to the charge sheet – wasting public money.

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    Paul 5:01 pm on October 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Senior #government official has sparked anger by advising internet users to give fake details to websites to protect their security. #AndySmith, an internet security chief at the #CabinetOffice, said people should only give accurate details to trusted sites such as government ones. What planet does he live on? Trust Government websites, I now better than many (most) that you should NEVER trust .gov.uk websites, EVER! What a total idiot for stating such rubbish which would lead to a false internet that cannot be trusted. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20082493
    Mr Smith’s comments were backed by Lord Erroll, chairman of the Digital Policy Alliance, a not-for-profit policy study group which “claims” to speak for industry and charities, who was chairing the panel. He said he had always given his date of birth as “1 April 1900” – another one that fell of the same cart!

    Advice that is correct:
    Only enter correct or any personal details into websites that YOU know, never enter details in to websites that appear from popups, links from emails saying they are your bank, phone provider or anyone you may know. If it is a real request, a company will instruct you to visit their official website and a specific area. Always ensure you read Terms and Conditions and the page is secure (https:// and a padlock appears on screen) if you are passing on details.
    Never trust a government site just because is a gov site – in my vast experience of these sites most are poorly constructed, lack basic security and would easily be hacked into by undesirables. Also be wary of utility company websites – some are not what they appear on the face of it.

    In closing, It’s time Mr Smith was removed and replaced with a public officer with sense. Also the self appointed group and Lord Erroll need to be disbanded for giving false and poor information. It is no wonder the UK are falling being many developing countries in internet access and use.

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    Paul 9:00 pm on June 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    #DigitalEconomyAct aims to remove “Innocent until proven guilty” in UK law. Yet again #DavidCameron will defy the law to get he way, but for how long… Roughly the time it takes a few cases to go to court, be thrown out and the government to pay compensation for loss or harm…
    How thick do you have to be to believe you can suddenly charge £20 to have to opportunity to prove you are not guilty? Muppets.

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    Paul 10:09 am on June 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations to #TorfaenCouncil on the launch of the NEW website http://www.torfaen.gov.uk very nice, and miles better than the current #Monmouthshire site which has rotted badly since I was made redundant last year – this must be an ominous sign that Monmouthshire are doomed to become 22nd, and last in Wales after tasting six years of being one of the best – proves that a website needs a force behind it that knows what he is doing!

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    Paul 5:09 pm on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    #DavidCameron displays double standards as he speaks out on Jimmy Carr’s poor judgement in avoiding millions of pounds in tax, but avoids criticizing #GaryBarlow and #TakeThat for attempts to hide Millions in tax Havens and funds, Even HMRC have caught on and are attempting to stop them.
    Its high time these so called “Stars” paid up in full all tax due or owed to HMRC – utter disgrace to the UK and the Queen has just awarded #GaryBarlow with a medal for being a good gig arranger!!! ha, what about tax fiddler, another badge?

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    Paul 11:09 am on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    #LeightonAndrews – supposed member of the #WelshAssembly set out another messy blueprint of how Wales will further hold back the children of the future and make getting a job outside of Wales near impossible!
    What a total fool he really is! What planet are the assembly living on, it’s not Wales thats for sure, Wales is dying and he wants to kill it off quickly!

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