- No-one, it appears, commissioned this work from Knox D'arcy. For some reason they seem to have taken it upon themselves.
- There is no mention of it at all on their very sparse and apparently rarely updated website - although no doubt it got plenty of hits after today's coverage.
- Little is said in any of the reports about the precise methodology used by the firm, but it seems they "surveyed" around 1800 workers. Where these workers were from and what form this survey took is not mentioned. What we do know is that just 173 of them actually worked in local government.
- We have no idea how the "productivity" of different workers has actually been compared.
How very convenient!
At a time when the ConDems are looking to make massive cuts and are trying to scapegoat public sector workers, along comes a firm of consultants with the perfect recipe! And they've done a nice bit of self-promotion along the way. "Hey look! We're the people who can save you 500,000 jobs!"
You won't get any of this from the papers - and not even the BBC seems to have done any real investigation.
Another day - a bit more softening up of public opinion for the cuts they have planned.