Friday, May 21, 2010

Council Speak Translation

I always love translating a good bit of Council speak. It is obvious from other Council publications what HDC has to do. Rather than actually informing residents of what plainly is going to happen there is a code. Residents have been informed of what is going to happen but in a way that I feel  needs translating. An example:

Mrs Susan Lammin, head of Environmental and Community Health Services says: "The outcome of deliberations was that prudent financial management will require that the breadth of council services may need to be reduced over the next year or so until public sector budgets are more balanced."

A translation of this Council speak is: "To balance the budget, HDC needs to make £6.1 million in cuts and this means lots of services will be cut over the next 4 years."

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