Any one free to come up and leaflet and need a lift give us a call
Well great bunch in Bolton, large group in Manchester and Salford and growing each week, really starting to enjoy politics again. I was amazed how many Socialist there were felt at home. Amazed one liberal came down i wonder if he is defecting?first of our meet the people meetings in Salford next week looks like we have rich pickings with today’s climate. One guy was going on about how bad Manchester Council is, and i thought it was made up of mainly Lib Dems.
Star date: 8th July 2010
SCRUTINY IN THE DARK
We do hope there wasn’t anyone in Salford who was thinking of scrutinising Salford Council’s record in regeneration at this afternoon’s `Sustainable Regeneration Scrutiny’ meeting…
This afternoon, at 2pm precisely, the great democratic process of Salford City Council swung into top gear with its Sustainable Regeneration Scrutiny meeting. The forum was set to discuss Central Salford URC’s much maligned Irwell River Park project, amongst other things. And everyone was invited to ask questions…
…Except that there are no relevant papers to be found anywhere on the web page… No `Report from last meeting’…No `Report on the Irwell River Park Project’… No reports on anything. How can we ask questions on things we have absolutely no information about? Are we supposed to be psychic?
Still, it could be worse…anyone who wishes to look up info on the equally badly titled `Strategy and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee’ will find absolutely nothing at all – not even an agenda or a web page…
That’s what we like – democracy at its best. In Salford.
Meanwhile, more and more of Salford Council’s more juicy business is being discussed in committees under what it calls `Part 2′, which means that the public and press is excluded, and no paperwork is shown at all.
Things like the discussions around the huge loan given to the Salford Reds Stadium, the finances of the Central Salford URC, Council financial dealings with the New Deal for Communities, extra payments to Council employees – in fact, most things that have a financial element are taken away from any accountability and scrutiny… and all people get to see is a `decision notice’ which has only the scantiest details on it – except to say that it’s gone through and been approved. And by that time, it’s too late.
Alan Westwood, Salford City Council’s Strategic Director for Customer and Support Services, who is the officer responsible for how the council conducts its business, said: “It is an exception for the council to conduct its business in private but there are specific provisions within the Local Government Act which allow us to do that as some matters may be confidential.
source the Mirror
David Cameron has put one of his Old Etonian chums in charge of state school spending.
Sebastian James was also a member of Oxford University’s notorious Bullingdon Club where he was pictured in its ludicrous tailcoat uniform with the future PM.
Mr James, appointed to a panel to decide how money is spent on new schools, becomes the 13th former Eton pupil to land a top government job since Cameron got in to No10.
Labour MP John Mann said: “This is cronyism pure and simple.
A new Government website asking for views on which laws and regulations should be scrapped will cost nearly £20,000 to run this year, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said today.
The ‘Your Freedom’ site, which forms part of the Coalition’s plans to restore civil liberties and reduce red tape, is expected to cost £19,853.98 during 2010-11.
Mr Maude said the total bill could go up or down according to the number of people visiting the site – but noted that the site did not need signing off by internal spending watchdogs because it fell below a £20,000 threshold.
Source the MAIL