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ROUND AND ROUND WE GO
So apologies first. Today I wasn’t able to get to the meeting because I missed my flight by stupidly going to the wrong airport. 😱. It was somewhat embarrassing when they wouldn’t let me through security. I was at Heathrow and should have been at London City. 😰
As it turned out I’m glad I did because today was yet another waste of time. Nothing was agreed and the council yet again failed to deliver on promises including not responding to our comparators- sent in January or to explain their pointless data sifting. Yet again they asked us to explain our position without them committing to theirs at all.
Our team pressed and pressed them to agree to accelerating and intensifying discussions. We committed to daily meetings from next week. They couldn’t/wouldn’t give us an answer. They said they would come back to us.
Now some of you will have seen a tweet from colt Mhairi Hunter claiming that a ‘majority’ of comparators had been agreed. This is simply not true. We have them suggestions for protection and post protection comparators for the top 30 jobs (jobs with the most claimants, and no we can’t share these details ) and we gave them 3 alternatives per job in January. They have admitted they haven’t looked at the January list. They’ve only looked at one of our suggestions for each job. They have simply told us they REJECT our suggestions for each job for one or both periods. So there are 7 out of 30 they accept. Not sure how that counts as a majority but there you have it. The only change since meeting 20 is they suggested a single different comparator for one job. Of course they didn’t provide anything in advance of the meeting.
So another wasted day. Yet the officers are telling Members that they are making progress. A joke.
Time for them to get serious and have intensive meetings