Friday, July 27, 2012

Holiday blogging - Help find a rare species!

Slightly off topic, but I'm off with my kids to a caravan park near a nature reserve, where we may be able to spot a rare creature long predicted to arrive in England this month, but still not yet sighted.

You can help!

Look out for sightings here ( or here (

What is it we're looking out for?

The Ouslum Bird?

The Pushmepullyou?

No, better than either of those. What we are waiting for is...

The Equality Impact Assessment on the proposals for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), which we were promised (at Local Government Conference in June) we would see before the ballot opens on Tuesday.

I understand it's still expected before Tuesday. I believe it has a long journey and must have run into trouble in its lengthy migration.

When it arrives on these shores it can be expected to be subject to detailed and thorough analysis by experts who may be able to pronounce (within as little as 24 hours) that it is a fabulous creature with wonderful plumage, which demonstrates that LGPS 2014 will do wonders for equality (just like holding a ballot in the summer holidays).

Keep your eyes peeled twitchers (! (or is that tweeters?)

Regular readers (Sid and Doris Blogger) may sense that I am now truly demob-happy.

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1 comment:

Matt said...

Interesting because our regional officers continually bang on about EIAs whenever branches enter any sort of negotiations with the employer, be that on service reviews, changes to car parking passes, etc.

If it's so important for branches to always keep on top of EIAs, why does the same guidance not apply to national negoatiations? Particularly when these LGPS changes will impact, in one way or another, a huge number of our members.

Makes me think that they've got something to hide. If the LGPS 2014 is so wonderful surely they would be producing all sorts of evidence, including an EIA, to prove why we 'rejectionists' are wrong...