Still golden years for bunch of council c**ts
WHEREVER you are in these fair isles, the free paper you perhaps leave unread on the doormat will be reporting on the savage cuts being made by your local council.
In response to austerity measures, they say, the corpy will be closing libraries, scrapping meals on wheels, turning off street lights, closing down community centres, ignoring pot holes, scrimping on ice grit, laying off lollipop ladies and ending things like free entrance to leisure centres for war veterans.
Your corpy will wring its hands and say it is doing everything to protect “frontline services”.
But by chopping away at the above they really are doing just that.
All of these services unavoidably cost money, you see – your council tax money. And the corpy needs to find “savings”.
So, why is it after all these savings have been found by scrapping services does your council tax bill never, ever go DOWN? Here are a couple of clues. This week it was announced the chief executive of Knowsley Borough Council in Merseyside was leaving her post.
Sheena Ramsey was earning £192,000-a -year – even more than her counterpart in Birmingham, which is the country’s biggest local authority.
As she is taking redundancy she will, naturally, be in for a pay-off normally in the region of six months’ pay – which, with pension top-ups, should reach well into SIX FIGURES.
But you’re not allowed to know exactly how much because Knowsley, like all the hundreds of public sector organisations throughout Britain, have armies of press officers employed to shriek “data protection” at anyone who dares ask the question.
The fact it is OUR money they’re lashing around doesn’t count, apparently.
In Manchester, the chief executive of The Christie Hospital – another public sector body funded by tax – has just resigned after spending 11 months on suspension.
Caroline Shaw had been on gardening leave while an investigation took place into allegations NHS cash was used to cover a trip to Ibiza.
She denied the lot, never faced a disciplinary hearing over the claims and received £170,000 of her £195,000-a-year salary while sat at home.
Now she’s quit and will walk away with a redundo pay-off of six months’ salary, and those pension top-ups again.
And on Wirral – my home stomping ground – the £135,000-a-year chief executive announced on the night of the by-elections last week that he too was “retiring”, just a couple of years after first “retiring” from the same role with Blackburn and Darwen Council.
There’s 353 local authorities of differing sizes across England alone, before you even start adding Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus hundreds more hospital “trust” bosses and quango chiefs into the mix.
If you want to know why your “non-essential” side road won’t get gritted this winter, or why your gran no longer gets a hot meal from a council she’s been paying into her entire adult life, then look no further than these first class season ticket holders on the UK Gravy Train.
Because there is ALWAYS enough of our money around for THEM.