Still golden years for bunch of coun­cil c**ts

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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.

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