Public Trust Office
THE LORD Chancellor, Derry Irvine, is planning to privatise the Public Trust Office, endangering a service for some of the most vulnerable individuals in society. The Public Trust Office looks after the assets of people incapable of running their own affairs, such as people who have been severely incapacitated in accidents.
Its staff are in the PCS civil servants’ union. One of them spoke to Socialist Worker about the sell off threat. “At the moment the service is welfare orientated. The Tories tried to privatise it but gave up because it was too sensitive. Irvine gave three months consultation, which ends on 4 February, but we believe he’s made his decision already. I think it is very cynical. Our clients don’t vote so the government doesn’t care about them. We’ve launched a campaign to defend the service. We call our satirical news sheet Wallpaper because Irvine worries more about his office furnishings than vulnerable people.”
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