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Saturday, 9 February 2013

BOOKER BRINGS COUNCILS LIKE RBK&C TO BOOK




They squeal about cuts but the truth is town halls are spending more than ever - by fleecing you



BOOKER 



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Christopher Booker has written an excellent article in today's Daily Mail Council waste on how councils like K&C fritter away taxpayers' hard earned wealth. It should be obligatory reading for every councillor and shame them into mending their ways: that is assuming that they have any shame.....

Striking is the fact that it matters not in the least the political hue of a council...Conservative councils-which one expects to be prudent, are as sinful as Labour and Lib Dem.......

Anyway....here is the link to an exceptionally good piece. And the comments are worth reading too.

15 comments:

  1. Well done Mr Booker for lifting the lid on the illusion that this country is broke, it is not, it is badly managed yet again. It is irrevalent which party is in power because they are all run by the faceless Mr Humphries of the world and no one is in control.

    Bookers article clearly demonstrates this, Central Government say one thing and councils translate it to something else. An example of which is the 'bedroom tax' aka London Councils ability to socially cleanse the inner city of vulnerable groups. Central government give them millions to make sure homes that have been adapted to meet peoples needs are not affected where do councils declare that when they evict people?

    Westminsters spend on CCTV cameras is another method of getting rid of the vast amount of monies gathered from their parking fines cauldron (They had a four million underspend last year).

    Westminster and Kensington Councils are continually trying to find methods of cutting transport to vulnerable groups of people who cannot get to their day centre or club because of transport cuts, whilst these councils they sit on millions of pounds which cannot be used for anything else other than transport or upgrading roads. So why are central government giving these councils more money to do this work when they have millions already.

    The fact is that none of them know what they are doing, so in this time of hardship and with the cry of "we are all in this together" any monies given to local councils should be ringfenced and targeted with reports of their tangible outcomes for local communities. Time and again they have demonstrated that they are corrupt and mismanaged. The only way to make sure that real impact for local communities actually happen is to tie the money down.

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    1. nothing in the article about K&C.

      But that article compares to nothing when you think about the loony left who edit this blog.

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    2. You have clearly missed the point and seem to have not actually read the near weekly reports by this blog of abuse of power, financial mismanagement and abuse, greed and egotistical projects. The responsibility for all of this sits at the feet of the people who run this council. They neglect vulnerable people, ignore residents and will hopefully feel it at the next election.

      This blog has time and again demonstrated that it is fair, it is simply interested in what local people think, want and should know. It has no agenda other than to let residents know what is being done in their name and with their money unlike the Royal Boroughs propaganda paper.

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  2. 13:12 Very well put....
    It is time we got rid of the ludicrous, Blair devised, Cabinet system. It is a vehicle for the lies of Pooter Cockell to 'place' sycophants around him who then pander to his mad ego driven ideas

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  3. We should not forget that Prime Minister Sir Pooter Cockell is Chairman of the Local Govt Association. He is Leader of the whole putrid apparatus that squanders our money. He sets the tone. He sets the example. And what a record of splurging he has at Kensington and Chelsea.

    Local Govt needs to be scaled right back to essential services. Clearing the dustbins and sweeping the streets. That's it.

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  4. We need more people with the common sense approach of Booker who can point out the profligate ways of the likes of Cockell and Moylan

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  5. For too long, local Government has been out of sight and out of mind. Thick and greedy councillors have taken over and become obsessed with their importance and SRA's. "Average" professionals have shied away from the private sector and opted for higher salaries in Town Halls with feather bedded pensions and call themselves "Officers". The whole bandwagon has been growing in scope and ambition without any checks and balances. Until residents suddenly note that strange things are happening. Like spending £30 million of council tax to import pink granite from China to decorate Exhibition Road.

    What is going on, one might ask

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    1. Too many turds like Cockell are hiding behind democracy and strutting their petty dictatorship habits. And lots of troughing on the side

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  6. Labour used to ring-fence much of the money allocated to Councils; it was the Liberal Democrat/Conservative Coalition government that ended this sensible practice.

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  7. Retired Cheif Executive9 February 2013 at 17:20

    The idea of decentralising local Government at a time when it is necessary to exert savings across the board in the national budget is a tactical error. This is the time to centralise control

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  8. The K&C Administration, flush with money, has certainly demonstrated total oblivion to the national financial crisis and has accelerated spending on vanity projects to an extraordinary degree. The idea of spending £30 million to refurbish Exhibition Rd in the middle of a severe recession shows a totally irresponsible behaviour

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  9. Cockell was working hard to get noticed. But his bid for the House of Lords failed

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  10. His bid will succeed in time.

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  11. The sooner the better then we can get rid of the bugger. Mind you as this Gov won't be elected there won't be a job for him. But seriously, will ge his peerage? Doubtful....he has not endeared himself to Pickles and the rest to the gang

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    1. In less tolerant times (not necessarily more sensible), rather than the House of Lords, Sir Merrick along with a number of politicians should be thrown into the Tower of London for wasting public resources for his own end.

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