It’s a funny way of saving money when you dole out just over £223,000 of taxpayers’ money in order to cut £220,000 of council expenses! But that’s just how Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) has chosen to ease out two of their senior council officers.
Cheltenham’s executive director, director of commissioning and one admin post have split a pot of taxpayers’ money of £223,492 in order to save £220,000 by 2016. The executive director gets a redundancy package of £50,000, while the director of commissioning and the admin post are to receive a whopping £173,000 to cover redundancy and pension fund contributions. The plan is to reduce Cheltenham’s senior management team from seven to four. Continue Reading
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) – the body charged with administering expenses for MPs and their staff – has surpassed itself in what appears to be an effort to lose any remaining shreds of credibility.
It emerged over the weekend that IPSA’s board came up with its proposals to hike MPs’ pay while luxuriating on a two-day “away day” at a plush Surrey hotel boasting “sumptuous surroundings”, an “exquisite restaurant” and an 18-hole championship level golf course. Continue Reading
Islington TPA supporters were out on one of London’s hottest days of the year so far for a local launch of our ‘Stop the Energy Swindle’ campaign. On a busy Saturday lunchtime in Highbury Barn, the attractive shopping parade in north Islington, they handed out leaflets and chatted with shoppers and local traders, letting them know about the huge increases they can expect on future energy bills. Continue Reading
After the Olympic security debacle the security firm G4S, along with others, has further failed taxpayers by charging for criminal monitoring services they were not actively providing. G4S and Serco were given contracts in 2005 to electronically tag and monitor criminals. To date the Government has paid £700 million to firms for these contracts.
However Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has revealed up to £50 million of this amount may have been charged illegitimately for criminals who were either back in prison, had had their tags removed, had left the country and in some cases were actually dead. There are also cases of taxpayers picking up the bill for individuals who were returned to court yet had never been tagged in the first place. Continue Reading
At the TaxPayers’ Alliance, we strongly oppose the big increase in MPs’ pay proposed by the “IPSA” quango. We have set up a petition which you can sign below to support action to scrap the proposed pay hike and ensure that there is proper accountability for future decisions over MPs’ pay. We will send the petition to MPs and IPSA, as part of our response to their consultation.