Ex­penses-rise MSPs dodg­ing aus­ter­ity

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – Our MSPs at Holy­rood keep in­creas­ing there ex­penses with lat­est clams ris­ing to nearly £16mil­lion in con­trast with the aus­ter­ity faced by most work­ers in Scot­land fac­ing an­other year of max­i­mum salary in­crease of 1% well be­low the cur­rent 2.9% in­fla­tion rate.

It has ap­par­ently been ap­proved that an MSP can now em­ploy up to three staff mem­bers in­stead of two rais­ing the cost per mem­ber from £62,300 to an as­tound­ing £85,000.

As a tax­payer I would ques­tion what value for money this rep­re­sents for the elec­torate to jus­tify this huge in­crease in ex­penses for our MSPs who only SIR- Af­ter read­ing the re­port re­gard­ing the is­sues high­lighted by the health in­spec­tors (Press and Jour­nal, Septem­ber 29) it seems the same is­sues were found at last year’s in­spec­tion. But it says a 14 page re­port said prob­lems were be­ing flagged up to su­per­vi­sors but not be­ing reme­died.

Per­haps the hospi­tal au­thor­i­ties should be spend­ing more time en­forc­ing health in­spec­tion reme­dies, rather than go­ing to Aus­tralia on a Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble Farce to try to re­cruit nurses to come work in Scot­land. I think most of the nurses here would love to be able to go work in Aus­tralia not the other way round. SIR, – There have been many comments, both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive, re­gard­ing the move by AFC to Kings­ford. It is most def­i­nitely the right place for them.

The size of an or­gan­i­sa­tion like AFC needs a high pro­file and where bet­ter than to be vis­i­ble from our great new AWPR, which will be used by thou­sands every day. It will also be the main artery to the sta­dium al­low­ing peo­ple to con­gre­gate and dis­perse quickly.

While we ac­cept that Westhill res­i­dents are con­cerned about traf­fic con­ges­tion, this must be put in per­spec­tive. Matches last two hours with an­other hour to 90 minutes ei­ther side of the game of peo­ple com­ing and go­ing. This will hap­pen at off peak times every sec­ond Satur­day or on the very oc­ca­sional mid­week game, again at off peak times.

There are also no league games from April un­til Au­gust.

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