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A letter in the life of a councillor

05.28.08 | Comment?

I’m not going to go clogging up this site with copies of all the local ‘case work’ letters I bang out  late at night/early in the morning not least because a lot of them are personal and/or confidential.  Nor would they be of any interest to anyone other than the people involved. 

However, I thought it might be worth posting one of the more general ’round up’ ones I do for groups of properties where there are common issues.   This, for local readers, is a bit of what’s going on at Stockley Crescent, the sheltered housing accommodation.  For others looking at the site, I present it as a reflection of the way ‘case work’ like this is often infused with the ‘political’, especially as it relates to fairness in distribution of resources.  This goes against the accepted wisdom  that case work is simply administrative and ‘politics free’.  The more I get on with this job, the more I realise that that is not the case – if resources were used in a socially just matter, there’d be a lot less case work.

The choice to be made with all my letters is whether it’s too ‘political’ to go out via the Council’s post service (which would constitute an abuse of public funds) or needs to be hand delivered (or postage paid by me).  In this case I’ve decided it’s ‘political’ so it’s gone out by hand, but there is a very large grey area in between.

The letter, somewhat longer than you usually get from local councillors I suspect, also reflects my core belief that it’s right to give people information and treat them like grown ups.  I don’t do glossy leaflets – I do dull (news)letters, but people seem to read them.

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