Saturday, 22 February 2014
Councillors expenses up. Services cut. Charges up.
Tucked away on page two we learn that in the financial year 2012/13 councillors' expenses were £1,204,972. This was an increase from £1,200,094 in 2011/12 and £1,186,473 in 2010/11. For full details see Member allowances
Meanwhile, on the front page we have the leader of the opposition on Tameside Council actually doing that! Leading opposition to the Labour council. An almost unheard of phenomenon. Councillor John Bell has described as scandalous the proposal that the council may, and it is stressed that this is a proposal and not a firm decision, increase the support charge for residents of sheltered housing. This could see the elderly paying more for services such as wardens.
However, the really interesting story is one which is unwittingly reported. In the letters page Councillor John Taylor states "We have been in Wythenshawe for weeks at the by-election". What's that? £35,175 in expenses claimed from Tameside last year and he spends "Weeks" in Wythenshawe?
No wonder they wanted Roy West out of the way!
So there we have it, services cut, expenses rising for councillors and charges rising for the sheltered OAP's. No change.