Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Budget Savings

The chancellor of the exchequer will be unveiling his emergency budget today. The government plans on making up 80 % of the budget deficit with spending cuts. As much as I am a loyal Conservative, I am a bit sceptical about the feasibility of that figure.

Still, if we have to make cuts, a simple measure would be cleaning of carpets and floors in public sector buildings. I therefore propose that all public sector offices should immediately institute a shoes-off policy. All public sector office workers should be expected to work either shoeless or in slippers to reduce cleaning costs.

Furthermore, all public buildings that are state funded, such as museums, libraries, schools and colleges should carry out an health and safety assesment as to the feasibility of requiring removal of shoes on entrance.

It might not save much money, but it is worth considering.

14 comments:

Heather said...

Very good Matt, but I can tell you that I have worked in the public sector for 6 years and never once witnessed any carpet or floor cleaning activity so I have to conclude someone has beat you to this idea!

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for dropping in, Heather.

Maybe that's a south-west thing.

I imagine they are a bit more particular about clean floors here in the home counties.

richyrich said...

Furthermore, all public buildings that are state funded, such as museums, libraries, schools and colleges should carry out an health and safety assesment as to the feasibility of requiring removal of shoes on entrance.

The National Trust insists that anyone wearing stilleto heels takes them off when visiting their properties (they are offered plastic slippers if they want)so I can see no reason why a similar request can't be made of all kinds of shoes in public buildings, especially if they are obviously dirty.

Jonathan Hunt said...

What is true is that cleaners empty the bins at each desk every day in the civil service offices I have worked in. Make it every two days!

Kev said...

Very good post indeed Matt, the combination of savings directly or indirectly through general benefit to health and cultural change and seems similar to the smoking ban: people seem to have recovered from the shock of that.

I was drawn to Axminster Carpets citing how enironmentally friendly they are, and considering suggesting the Government introduce a carpet scrappage scheme. This would tie in well with the above as the public would continue to replace their furnishings during this austerity and be more inclined and willing to remove their shoes in order to preserve it.

Perhaps you might seriously consider writing again to Dave, suggesting how all this could link up? You might be pleasently surprised at the general reaction even if nothing ultimately comes of it.

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks for dropping in, Jonathan.

Celestial Fundy said...

Thanks, Kev.

Anonymous said...

I think you might be surprised how much this happens already, certainly among staff.

I work in an Accounts Rec Dept in Companies House. There are about 20 of us girls in the dept and especially in the winter a majority either work shoeless or change into slippers for when they remove their winter boots or shoes.

You might also be interested to know that my boyfriend also works for the same organisation, and I have finally managed to get him to remove his shoes in work as well. Like me he does'nt deal with the public, and while he wears a suit to work, in the same way as he leaves his jacket on the back of his chair, he now also laeves his shoes next to his desk and goes around just in his socks.

I also work in stocking feet all year round.

Genevieve.

Celestial Fundy said...

Genevieve, thanks for dropping by. Have you visited before?

A lot of people do take their shoes off at work. A reason for considering making it compulsory.

Kev said...

Thinking about it further: it would be a brave politician to bear the fallout of such a sweeping change to British society, and I can envisage all kinds of red-herring type jibes.

However, the International press are likely to take a far more supportive and sympathetic attitude to the matter; in doing so it may cause us to examine ourselves and our values a bit more closely.

As in all relationships, when things go bad one should ask at least as many questions of oneself as any other.

niale said...

I designed a sign for my dentist who wanted something different than the standard remove you shoes at the door this is what I came up with and have distributed it to schools and businesses in the area it has been very sucessful it reads
"We hope you don't mind stocking feet,they keep our floors clean and neat,so give our floors a little treat by walking on them in your stocking feet". Thank you

Celestial Fundy said...

Niale, thanks for visiting. I am guessing you do not live in the UK?

niale said...

No I live in Alberta in a little country called Canada lol and it is customery to remove ones shoes upon entering houses here and churches and doctors offices schools etc. and I have been following this blog for quite some time it is interesting to read the against comments as it is not really a issue here at all winter and summer thanks for creating this blog niale from the great white north

niale said...

lol and yes I did write these comments in my stocking feet lol