Plus: Waltham Forest’s proposed “consultancy support for a strategic reset” sounds like something from David Brent.
Posts by Harry Fone
Harry Fone is grassroots campaign manager for the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
Nottingham City Council paid nine staff over £100,000 a year. What did local taxpayers get for their money? A failed council-owned energy company.
Plus: The residents of Tunbridge Wells are left with the bill for their council’s Calverley Square vanity project.
Plus: Bean bags, ping pong tables, and padded pods, in Slough’s swanky new council offices.
Plus: Why is Sandwell Council spending £10,000 for a lighting company to project messages onto buildings?
The removal of the precept, a virtually guaranteed source of income, could well lead to greater fiscal prudence.
Harry Fone: Reserves should be used to limit Council Tax rises. If this isn’t a “rainy day”, what is?
Plus: Why are Police and Crime Commissioners asking for more money for keyrings and stress balls?
Harry Fone: £255 million a year is spent on councillor allowances. That is where the economy drive should begin.
Plus: White elephants in Brighton – and Nottingham’s inept venture into the energy market.
Harry Fone: Bristol is consulting on a Council Tax rise. But will it take any notice of the response?
Plus: Stoke cuts bloated management. Would Thatcher have approved of £100,000 of public funds for her statue?
Councils should only enter into the investment world if they know what they’re doing. They must remember that public money is at serious risk.
Residents want low taxes and regular bin collections, not big PR budgets and regular spin.
In the last financial year, there were over 500 council employees earning more than the Prime Minister.