Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Which one of these councils employs the greatest number of Diversity Officers?
Logic would dictate Manchester because of its size, but there again Leicester with its vast immigrant enclaves, or what about Burnley, Bradford and Oldham - they too are well known for being ethically enriched. Maybe Luton or Leeds - if you give any of those answers you would be wrong. The joker in the pack is of course Tameside. Below are the facts as revealed by the Tameside Tax Payers Alliance
Tameside Council’s £501,481 Non-Jobs
Tameside taxpayers are paying out over a half of a million pounds to pay for council non-jobs which are of no benefit to the taxpayer and can be cut without effecting frontline services.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance report has a small sample of four roles including European Officers, Political Advisors, Diversity Officers and Climate Change Officers. The true cost is much higher and shows that taxpayers’ money can be painlessly saved.
Tameside Council employs a total of twenty staff which is classed as being unnecessary. A breakdown can be found in the table below:
Job Title Number of Staff Cost 2009-2010 (£)
European Officers 1 £42,650
Political Advisors 2 £67,438
Diversity Officers 16 £322,558
Climate Change Officers 1 £68,836
Total: 20 £501,481
Tameside Council ranks ninth in the tables for the most spent on non-jobs. This is mainly attributed to the large number of diversity officers employed at the council where Tameside is second to Birmingham who employs 28 diversity officers.
The borough of Tameside has a very small ethnic minority population of 6.9% compared to the neighbouring borough of Manchester which has an ethnic minority population of 24.2% claims to employ no diversity officers at all.