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Tonight at 7PM Bournemouth Council vote on their allowances, which we have been campaigning and lobbying against for the past week. Thanks go to Jonathan Sheppard, Peter Roberts, Christopher Way, Linda Berkeley, Vivienne Reed, Ed Hallam, Mohammed Hasan, John Sheperd and many others who helped lobby for lower taxes and against such outrageous salaries for a council Cabinet clearly failing the taxpayers in Bournemouth.
Yet, tonight we also see another example of local government snouts in the trough. We were alerted to this story by TPA supporter Robert Halfon.
Harlow Council will vote at their full council this evening on their medium term financial strategy. As part of this strategy is a cost cutting measure. That cost cutting measure involves the top 10 officers earmarking themselves almost £100,000 for a "pay review" before 2010. Do you see the problem?
In addition to this, £98,000 has also been set aside for future pay increases for senior officers. Finally, and this is all we know from the story so God knows what we’ll find when we dig around, a further £106,000 is allocated for the possibility of a vacant strategic director post to be filled after 2009. You can read the full story here.
We've well in Bournemouth, and who knows we might even win tonight, so let’s do even more in Harlow to keep the momentum going. This is your money going into the pockets of Council officers, unaccountable bureaucrats taking more and more money from frontline services, the services you expect and demand. The Audit Commission only give Harlow Council 2-stars for the handling of its finances and providing value for money, so this is hardly surprising. Now is the time for you to make yet another stand for your rights as taxpayers. Here is a list of every councillor in Harlow, please contact them and ask them to vote against this shocking pay hike for Town Hall fat cats:
Cllr Sean Folan (Labour) - (01279) 427575 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Leslie Rideout (Lib Dem) - (01279) 437541 / email@example.com
Cllr Robert Thurston (Lib Dem) - (01279) 864777 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Simon Carter (Con) - (01279) 429443 / email@example.com
Cllr Tony Hall (Con) - (01279) 445897 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Andrew Johnson (Con) - (01279) 865673 / email@example.com
Cllr Rob Eschle (Labour) - (01279) 425785 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Eleanor Macey (Lib Dem) - (01279) 324193 / email@example.com
Cllr Christopher Millington (Lib Dem) - (01279) 864777 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Michael Garnett (Con) - (01279) 437401 / email@example.com
Cllr Muriel Jolles (Con) - (01279) 432242 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Sue Livings (Con) - (01279) 422339 / email@example.com
Cllr Jean Clark (Labour) - (01279) 423474 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Anthony Durcan (Labour) - 07967 138663 / email@example.com.
Cllr Mike Danvers (Labour) - 01279 425934 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Margaret Hulcoop (Labour) - (01279) 452252 / email@example.com
Cllr Gregory Peck (Labour) - (01279) 433604 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Mark Wilkinson (Labour) - 07866 433991 / email@example.com
Cllr Eddie Johnson (Con) - (01279) 324689 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Joshua Jolles (Con) - (01279) 432242 / email@example.com
Cllr Patrick McClarnon (Labour) - (01279) 441702 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Ian Jackson (Lib Dem) - (01279) 416138 / email@example.com
Cllr Linda Pailing (Lib Dem) - (01279) 305802 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Edna Stevens (Labour) - (01279) 324183 / email@example.com
Cllr Su Lawton (Lib Dem) - (01279) 300938 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Lorna Spenceley (Lib Dem) - (01279) 324676 / email@example.com
Cllr Lee Dangerfield (Con) - (01279) 833515 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Nicholas Churchill (Con) - (01279) 621094 / email@example.com
Cllr John Paul Goddard (Independent) - (01279) 416455 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Sarah-Jane Dangerfield (Con) - (01279) 8335515 / email@example.com
Cllr Kevin Brooks (Labour) - (01279) 302856 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Bob Davis (Labour) - (01279) 319117 / email@example.com
Cllr David Carter (Con) - (01279) 420340 / firstname.lastname@example.org
A few points to note:
1. Independent councillor John Paul Goddard is quoted in the story as wanting to block the pay increases
2. This is a matter of taxpayers’ money being misspent
3. Harlow Council is no overall control, so use that to your advantage when lobbying the councillors to vote against this pay increase for council bureaucrats.
Keep up the great work, folks and spread the message. The more people we have involved in our grassroots campaigns, the stronger we will be and the more the politicians will listen. Now, once more into the breach…
It appears that, after an outcry, the council have overturned these plans for big pay rises. False alarm.