Up to now unless things change there will be a Stop the Cuts protest at the Town Hall on the 29th can you make it? I don’t think you will see may Tories or Liberal Democrats there so come along and offer your support. It could be your job Next
Funny the wife made way tonight for us all to come to my house,it brought back happy memories of the early days with the Liberal Democrats.We all squeezed in for two constructive hours mapping out the next couple of months.I looked around the room and felt that same buzz we got in the early days with Kerry Holt in Worsley,every one contributing to the end result, all i can say is i look forward to the future.
What would you say if you were on budget scrutiny and a senior treasury officer said.We are now asking staff to bring in receipts when they claim petrol because as a council we can now claim the VAT back. Good idea? of course the question is how were they claiming for petrol before. Something else that worried me was the comment about how do you separate the petrol receipt from your mileage and the council mileage.Just bring in the one receipt, i thought no would that not allow you to claim more Vat than you were entitled?
Well John perhaps if you and others within your group were on a basic wage, fighting to live and watching others within the council getting fat on the land would you give up your pay? no because it’s easy when you are not in that position. Perhaps we should discuss the waste within council before we start to cut the wages of others. This Council is bleeding itself dry with the number of high paid staff, many who have to use consultants to perform there tasks ,they are getting high salaries off the back of city residents and are inept at there tasks, The budgets within council take a battering every year, one of your own departments Children’s services was a shambles, Regeneration as been suffering, Council tax write offs, rents to the courts, Buildings laying empty properties sold for peanuts. Long term contracts for markets that lose Thousands.PFIs ask Bill Hinds his view on the subject of PFIs.How about the Six million pounds on sick pay? Car user allowances,mobile phones etc etc.
Three years ago while i worked as Cllr Norman Owens Budget spoksmen this was one of my suggestions to save money,the staff would not loose out they would save under a ruling called salary sacrifice, Merry scoffed. And now they look at bringing it in. This is the Real problem with Salfords Labour Council thay don’t listen to ideas that are floated by opposition Budget spokesman but the idea is on record and Cllr Merrys negetive responses. When the full effects of this budget From the CON’dems hit Labour will have no place to hide and then the people will decide who was right or wrong.
It looks like he has got things moving, we are meeting tonight with members of our executive to tie up a few loose ends.It should be a good win if he can pull it off.
Can you tell the difference between which pictures came from Langworthy or which came from Broughton? should we in 2010 expect residents to live in these conditions?Labour have failed, Media city grows and the outer boundaries lay rotting,we need policies that will attract full investment,or do we just pander to the BBC? when i took these pictures i felt sad that so many people have been forgotten under this Labour regime.
Figures released by a Freedom of Information request made by the Salford Star suggest that Salford Council’s Life in Salford magazine is costing £27,797 per month, the title reports.
The Star asks what the production of the magazine and the council’s expenditure on it mean for local news outlets – the Salford Advertiser has recently withdrawn free home delivery from more post code areas, while the Star “struggles to get back into print”:
While the Salford Star and the Salford Advertiser are only available free online, an estimated two thirds of Salford’s population do not have access to the internet.
The only free printed information people are now getting about their city comes courtesy of Salford City Council and its Life in Salford magazine. With no criticism of the Council, no debate, no accountability, low quality content and bucket loads of public money showered all over it…
You have seen the story any body wish to sign our petition to get rid of one more of Merry s white elephants.
All i can say is long live what ever is left of the free press.