Time for taxpayers to look into spending
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