Time for tax­pay­ers to look into spend­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Cartoon -

Af­ter read­ing Nick reinis’ ar­ti­cles on the salaries paid to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil se­nior of­fi­cers, and the coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este’s com­ments, I feel an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee of rate pay­ers should be set up and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out.

Not only to meet these high-paid of­fi­cials, but also to an­a­lyse the past year’s ac­counts. the pur­pose of this is not only to an­a­lyse the work car­ried out in the Peter­bor­ough area over the past year, but also to see why the coun­cil paid £12 mil­lion to con­sul­tants and what rec­om­men­da­tions they made to save £6 mil­lion?

Surely, the rea­son why these seven top of­fi­cials were em­ployed at an an­nual ex­pense of nearly £1 mil­lion was that they them­selves had the ex­per­tise re­quired in their po­si­tion to save em­ploy­ing the ser­vices of other peo­ples’ ideas and ad­vice?

Whether we be­lieve the fund­ing cuts in the chan­cel­lor’s emer­gency bud­get should have been so se­vere in the present eco­nomic cli­mate is one thing, but I feel enough is enough and the city coun­cil should now them­selves be in­ves­ti­gated and sup­port the de­ci­sions they made and the cost to the com­mu­nity over the past year.

I am afraid the com­ment made by councillor Cer­este about salaries paid in line with other au­thor­i­ties and di­rec­tors who work very hard is a lame ex­cuse, as many peo­ple work­ing both for pri­vate en­ter­prise and the pub­lic sec­tor work very hard for smaller re­ward than those top-paid coun­cil of­fi­cers and we must all tighten our belts in the years to come.

R SPICER South Bret­ton, Peter­bor­ough

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