Thursday, February 16, 2012
Councils - Enemies of The People!
I was therefore pleased to see that last year Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, ordered councils to publish details of high-earning staff and any spending of more than £500.
I was less than gemused, but not surprised, to see that many councils have stuck two fingers up to this request, and have claimed that they have so many well-paid staff that the cost of listing them and their responsibilities would be prohibitive.
In other words, if they are to be believed, these recalcitrant councils do not know who they employ or how much they cost!
Other councils wimped out of the request by claiming that taxpayers don't have the “evaluation skills” to decide whether spending was good value for money, and that we would "misunderstand" the expenditure; ie they don't want us to know how they spend OUR money!
As noted many times before on this site, councils are the enemies of the people!
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