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Saturday 16 June 2012

Huffington Post UK: Kent Council Managing Director Katherine Kerswell Gets £500,000 Redundancy Payout for 16 Months’ Work

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The Council under fire over £47,000 bill for tea and biscuits

Emma Boon of Taxpayers Alliance Scotland said the costs should be kept “under control” by the council.

She said: “Whilst taxpayers might not mind the council offering tea and coffee to visitors, these costs should be kept under control. The council should try to keep the cost of internal meetings down. Cutting back on Hob Nobs isn’t going to save millions, but it shows the right attitude at a time when taxpayers are tightening their own belts.”

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This is Lincolnshire: Community workers call for lincoln councillor’s resignation

Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Ultimately it’s up to local residents to judge their councillors’ record.

“If politicians aren’t up to scratch residents should be given the opportunity to say so via the ballot box.”

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This is Kent: Visit Kent chief defends its public funding for tourism promotion

Robert Oxley, campaign manager of The TaxPayers’ Alliance said it was “appalling” that Visit Kent had resisted attempts to publish how much taxpayers’ money it receives.

He said: “If Kent residents are unable to scrutinise how much of their cash is ending up in the company’s coffers, then it makes it impossible to judge whether they are getting good value for money from the agency.

“Thanet residents in particular will be left wondering why on earth so much of their council tax has been handed over as they appear to disproportionately foot the bill for this opaque tourist agency.”

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