Why did the Council not tell us the full truth?

Why do they not make it plain that these figures are only eight months worth? Click Here To Download pdf.

Were they trying to take us for fools with this outrageous deception?

Allowances for the Members of The Standards Committee, it would appear, were introduced with effect from 1st August 2009, so the figures to be published in a future Advertiser I presume, are only for the period August 2009 to March 2010, only eight months, I present the annualised figures in the table below. Click Here for Council Minutes reference the decision.

2009 – 2010
The Real Full Year Figures!
Members of Standards Committee – Co-optees’
Member Co-optee Allowance Travel Subsistence Total
Andrew M £3,500.00 £76.85 £31.20 £3,608.05
Bates D £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Bingham A £2,500.00 £5.10 £20.00 £2,525.10
Buckley A £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Daines I £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Elder P £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Foster DG £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Musson G £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Porter J £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Sykes N £1,000.00 £1,000.00
Totals £14,000.00 £81.95 £51.20 £14,133.15

It seems that nowadays all public service has to have a financial reward.

Call me old fashioned if you like, but this kind of public service should not attract financial reward in my opinion, or are even School Governors to be paid! Or is that already happening? We should be told?

The Standards Committee inevitably loses much credibility and independence by this disastrous move to reward members. How can they discipline councillors? When they rely on them to vote for their financial reward! Exactly! Credibility holed below the waterline! Quite OUTRAGEOUS in fact! Has no one heard of conflict of interest, perhaps?

Did no one on the committee realise the difficulties this would put them in? Or were they all dazzled by the money?

See below, Standards Committee, What Have They Done to Deserve These Payments? Repayment would still take twelve years at these rates!

£14,000.00 per year plus expenses is an awful lot of OUR money!

Greed, more Greed, everywhere you look!!!!

The ‘gravy train’ evidently still runs in Rotherham!

The sound of ‘snouts in the trough’ is deafening!

Standards Committee, What Have They Done to Deserve These Payments?

The answer is nothing, apart from being involved in the country’s most expensive disciplinary case to date! That of Parish Councillor Neil Fulcher. Still not complete and has cost at least £170,000.00 to date!

Why? because this little group did not stand up, assert their independence and tell the complainants to grow up and get over it!

So, this group have cost us a small fortune! Perhaps they should consider repaying this sum by forgoing their Allowances until it is paid off? It will only take eighteen years!

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Members of Standards Committee – Co-optees’ Allowances.
Member Co-optee Allowance Travel Subsistence Total
Andrew M £2,333.36 £76.85 £31.20 £2,441.41
Bates D £666.64 £666.64
Bingham A £1,666.64 £5.10 £20.00 £1,691.74
Buckley A £666.64 £666.64
Daines I £666.64 £666.64
Elder P £666.64 £666.64
Foster DG £666.64 £666.64
Musson G £666.64 £666.64
Porter J £666.64 £666.64
Sykes N £677.39 £677.39
Totals £9,343.87 £81.95 £51.20 £9,477.02

Extracted from: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/download/3675/members_allowances_and_expenses_2009-10

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Greediest Of Them All?…..

Let the figures speak for themselves!

Greed by Individual Councillor 2009-10
Rank Name 2009-10 Ward Up Next Year
1 Roger Stone £45,407.72 Silverwood Yes
2 Terry Sharman £34,062.38 Wingfield Yes
3 Richard Russell £29,127.27 Hoober No
4 Gerald Smith £28,730.15 Holderness No
5 Mahroof Hussain £28,670.90 Boston Castle No
6 Glyn Whelbourn £28,662.08 Rawmarsh No
7 Shaun Wright £28,624.15 Rawmarsh No
8 Jahangir Akhtar £28,622.08 Rotherham West No
9 Ken Wyatt £28,597.44 Swinton No
10 Iain StJohn £26,707.84 Anston & Woodsetts Yes
11 John Doyle £26,608.20 Swinton Yes
12 Dave Pickering £23,292.72 Valley No
13 Ann Russell £23,268.91 Silverwood No
14 Rose McNeely £23,186.91 Boston Castle No
15 Jane Austen £23,183.41 Holderness Yes
Georgina Boyes £23,183.41 Rother Vale No
17 Alex Sangster £23,182.96 Wath Yes
John Gilding £23,182.96 Sitwell Yes
19 Hilda Jack £23,180.04 Holderness No
Peter Wooton £23,180.04 Boston Castle Yes
21 Barry Dodson £17,821.29 Rotherham East Yes
22 John Swift £17,746.45 Rother Vale Yes
23 Lindsay Johnston £17,734.79 Wingfield No
Paul Lakin £17,734.79 Valley Yes
Jennifer Whysall £17,734.79 Wales No
26 Alan Atkin £17,064.05 Wath No
JRA Turner £17,064.05 Hellaby No
28 Maurice Kirk £14,366.66 Rotherham East No
Amy Rushforth £14,366.66 Maltby No
30 Frank Hodgkiss £14,191.06 Hoober No
31 Josephine Burton £13,974.74 Anston & Woodsetts No
32 Reg Littleboy £13,882.84 Brinsworth & Catcliffe Yes
33 Shaukat Ali £13,735.60 Rotherham East No
34 Pat Russell £13,640.64 Silverwood No
35 Ian Barron £13,596.78 Keppel No
36 Sheila Walker £13,588.84 Keppel No
37 Barry Kaye £13,570.24 Keppel Yes
38 Jacqueline Falvey £13,558.84 Dinnington No
Alan Gosling £13,558.84 Wath No
Jane Hamilton £13,558.84 Hoober Yes
Jane Havenhand £13,558.84 Dinnington Yes
42 Fred Wright £13,558.40 Brinsworth & Catcliffe No
43 Simon Currie £13,404.13 Valley No
Keith Goulty £13,404.13 Wingfield No
45 Simon Tweed £13,400.75 Dinnington No
46 Chris McMahon £12,952.16 Wickersley No
47 Neil License £12,772.58 Swinton No
48 Kath Sims £12,457.87 Rotherham West No
49 T Fenoughty £12,412.54 Wales No
50 Michael Clarke £12,306.98 Sitwell Dec
Brian Cutts £12,306.98 Hellaby Yes
Lynda Donaldson £12,306.98 Hellaby No
John Foden £12,306.98 Rotherham West Yes
Neil Hamilton £12,306.98 Rawmarsh Yes
Tony Mannion £12,306.98 Sitwell No
G Nightingale £12,306.98 Rother Vale No
G Sharp £12,306.98 Wales Yes
Ben Slade £12,306.98 Maltby Yes
Peter Thirlwall £12,306.98 Wickersley Yes
60 Will Blair £12,303.59 Maltby No
John Gamble £12,303.59 Brinsworth & Catcliffe No
Darren Hughes £12,303.59 Anston & Woodsetts No
Martyn Parker £12,303.59 Boston Castle No

Councillor Greed by Ward 2009-2010.
Ward totals in descending order.
Ward Total Rank
Silverwood £82,317.27 1
Holderness £75,093.60 2
Boston Castle £75,037.85 3
Rawmarsh £69,593.21 4
Swinton £67,978.22 5
Wingfield £65,201.13 6
Hoober £56,877.17 7
Valley £54,431.64 8
Wath £53,804.30 9
Rotherham West £53,386.93 10
Rother Vale £53,236.84 11
Anston & Woodsetts £52,986.17 12
Sitwell £47,796.88 13
Rotherham East £45,923.55 14
Wales £42,454.31 15
Hellaby £41,681.01 16
Keppel £40,755.86 17
Dinnington £40,518.43 18
Brinsworth & Catcliffe £39,744.83 19
Maltby £38,977.23 20
Wickersley £37,562.73 21

Extracted from: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/download/3675/members_allowances_and_expenses_2009-10

Councillors Allowances and Expenses 2009-10 Total £1,134,838.37! Can this motley crew be worth this much corn?

Just out, the annual parade of councillor greed! Read it here first!

The table below gives full details of the cost of Rotherham’s greedy bunch of councillors, or does it? Continued below…

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SUMMARY OF MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES

FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2010

Name Basic Special Responsibility Travel Subsistence Total
Akhtar J £12,306.98 £16,315.10 Nil Nil £28,622.08
Ali S £12,306.98 £1,251.42 £143.40 £33.80 £13,735.60
Atkin A £12,306.98 £4,757.07 Nil Nil £17,064.05
Austen J* £12,306.98 £10,876.43 Nil Nil £23,183.41
Barron IC £12,306.98 £1,227.60 £12.20 Nil £13,596.78
Blair W £12,303.59 Nil Nil Nil £12,303.59
Boyes MG £12,306.98 £10,876.43 Nil Nil £23,183.41
Burton J £12,306.98 £1,251.86 £15.90 Nil £13,974.74
Clarke JM £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Currie S £12,306.98 £1,097.15 Nil Nil £13,404.13
Cutts B* £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Dodson B* £12,306.98 £5,427.81 £11.00 £75.50 £17,821.29
Donaldson L £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Doyle J* £12,306.98 £14,301.22 Nil Nil £26,608.20
Falvey J £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil Nil £13,558.84
Fenoughty T £12,303.59 Nil £108.95 Nil £12,412.54
Foden J* £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Gamble J £12,303.59 Nil Nil Nil £12,303.59
Gilding J* £12,306.98 £10,875.98 Nil Nil £23,182.96
Gosling A £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil Nil £13,558.84
Goulty K £12,306.98 £1,097.15 Nil Nil £13,404.13
Hamilton J* £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil Nil £13,558.84
Hamilton N* £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Havenhand J* £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil Nil £13,558.84
Hodgkiss FD £12,306.98 £1,767.88 £82.40 £33.80 £14,191.06
Hughes D £12,303.59 Nil Nil Nil £12,303.59
Hussain M £12,306.98 £16,317.17 £46.75 Nil £28,670.90
Jack HL £12,306.98 £10,876.06 Nil Nil £23,180.04
Johnston L £12,306.98 £5,427.81 Nil Nil £17,734.79
Kaye B* £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil £11.40 £13,570.24
Kirk M £12,306.98 £2,059.86 Nil Nil £14,366.66
Lakin P* £12,306.98 £5,427.81 Nil Nil £17,734.79
License N £11,625.43 £1,097.15 Nil Nil £12,772.58
Littleboy R* £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil £324.00 £13,882.84
Mannion A £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
McMahon C £12,292.37 £659.79 Nil Nil £12,952.16
McNeely R £12,306.98 £10,879.93 Nil Nil £23,186.91
Nightingale G £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Parker M £12,303.59 Nil Nil Nil £12,303.59
Pickering D £12,306.98 £10,879.93 £83.39 £22.42 £23,292.72
Rushforth A £12,306.98 £2,059.68 Nil Nil £14,366.66
Russell GA £12,306.98 £10,879.93 £14.00 £68.00 £23,268.91
Russell PA £12,306.98 £1,251.86 £13.80 £68.00 £13,640.64
Russell RS £12,306.98 £16,317.17 £337.02 £166.1. £29,127.27
Sangster WA* £12,306.98 £10,876.43 Nil Nil £23,181.41
Sharman TR* £12,306.98 £21,755.40 Nil Nil £34,062.38
Sharp G* £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Sims K £12,303.59 £154.28 Nil Nil £12,457.87
Slade B* £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Smith G £12,306.98 £16,317.17 £106.00 Nil £28,730.15
StJohn IGL* £12,306.98 £14,301.22 £99.64 Nil £26,707.84
Stone R* £12,306.98 £32,640.84 £131.60 £328.30 £45,407.72
Swift JF* £12,306.98 £5,427.81 £11.66 Nil £17,746.45
Thirlwall P* £12,306.98 Nil Nil Nil £12,306.98
Turner JRA £12,306.98 £4,757.07 Nil Nil £17,064.05
Tweed S £12,303.59 £1,097.16 Nil Nil £13,400.75
Walker S £12,306.98 £1,251.86 Nil Nil £13,588.84
Whelbourne G £12,306.98 £16,315.00 Nil Nil £28,662.08
Whysall J £12,306.98 £5,427.81 Nil Nil £17,734.79
Wooton P* £12,306.98 £10,873.06 Nil Nil £23,180.04
Wright F £12,306.98 £1,251.42 Nil Nil £13,558.40
Wright S £12,306.98 £16,317.17 Nil Nil £28,624.15
Wyatt KJ £12,306.98 £16,290.46 Nil Nil £28,597.44
Total £774,619.85 £357,869.49 £1,217.71 £1,131.32 £1,134,838.37
These Figures exclude pension payments of £59,470.00 for 2009-10.

Note *Denotes up for re-election May 2011.

Some councillors (Who?) are signed up to the South Yorkshire Local Government Pension Scheme, which means that these figures are in fact incomplete and understate the full cost to us of their greed as this means that they are treated as employees for pension purposes which obliges the Council to make employers pension contributions on their behalf to the scheme in addition to the sums accounted for here!

This figure for the last financial year 2009-10 was the eye-watering  figure of £59,470.00 in fact, a not inconsiderable sum as extra benefit not accounted for publicly.

This raises the total to £1,194,308.37 for this useless bunch of councillors last year!

Upon reflection, £59,470.00 represents 11.6% of the total (Employers pension contribution rate 2009-10 was 11.6%), so doing the arithmetic, this equates to £512,672.oo in terms of allowances! Getting on for 50% of the council are on this particular little money maker! This is an utterly disgraceful situation that must be challenged, this extra hidden greed must be exposed!

This figure still underestimates the full figure, because benefits acquired from other sources such as Joint Authority Allowances and Expenses and benefits in kind, remember this crew always expect recompense for any activity so there must be some to account for, where are the details? We should be told!

Missing too is any mention of National Insurance Employers contributions paid in respect of these councillor/employees, surely they must be paying NI contributions from their allowances? So RMBC must be paying their employers contributions for them.The total paid out to the employee/councillors is £512,672.00 so their NI contributions would have been 3.7% at the contracted out rate, again doing the arithmetic it equates to £18,968 of hidden benefits not publicly accounted for.

This raises the total to £1,213,276.37! Don’t forget, there is more still not accounted for.

Just a few idle thoughts on this subject:

Being a councillor is not a job. so why are we paying pension contributions on these allowances? Especially when they should not be regarded as employees in the first place!

Every year the Allowance Scheme has to be approved by Council, these payments, Pension costs and NI are extra to the figure covered by the decision so how can it be legal to exceed the authority provided by this annual decision?

Surely these payments above should properly be made, not in addition to, but deducted from their allowances? Does legal authority exist for these payments, I wonder? Oh dear! Perhaps Tim Mumford may need some extra painkillers to untangle this one?

MacShane Still Smarting about IPSA, Will He Ever Learn?

Denis MacShane, is still upset about the new expenses regime that might just put an end to his greed by exposing his imaginative use of the definitions in the Green Book to allow claims that should not have been allowed under the old regime but were allowed under the regime administered by the previous Speaker Martin, who is reputed to have promised relaxation of the claiming rules as part of his campaign to become Speaker. Fill your boots seems to have become the order of the day under Martin and they did!

Extract from Hansard:

Denis MacShane (Rotherham, Labour)

“On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Sir, if you go out into the corridors around here, you will find closed circuit television cameras being installed in the Central Lobby and other corridors that are normally private to Members. Is this known to you? Some people say that it is just to do with the Pope’s visit, and that is perfectly reasonable, but if that is so, can we be sure that the cameras are taken down? I love the surveillance society. I am not sure whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has an investment in making sure that we are all here and that we are going to our restaurants and coming out with the appropriate bills, but I do not like CCTV cameras in this our House of Commons.”

All Parliamentarians must understand now that we are watching them closely and will challenge each and every example of greed that we discover.

The past is gone but not forgotten. In the cases of Eric Illsley, a serving Labour MP and the Ex Labour MP’s, Elliott Morley, Jim Devine and David Chaytor as well as Tories Lord Hanningfield and Lord Taylor, they are grinding through the criminal justice system. Undoubtedly there will be more to follow these six, they cannot be the only ones to have allegedly acted in a fraudulent and dishonest way, we shall see!

There are more Parliamentarians from both Houses whose greed and manipulation of the rules is yet to be exposed. No one who has been guilty of this should relax, as the people are on their case!

Pope – Not welcome on State Visit. Guardian Letter.

The last visit (the first ever) by the Pope was a joyous affair with John Paul welcomed even by atheists like me because of his role in the freeing of the world from communist domination starting with Poland and his support for the Solidarity Trades Union.

Pope John Paul was also a completely different man from Pope Ratzinger with charisma in buckets. John Paul’s public image is now tarnished by the fact that the paedophile scandal took place on his watch with his then enforcer, fundamentally involved in the cover up. Who was his enforcer? Step forward Cardinal Ratzinger now Pontiff, which explains the antipathy to his forthcoming State Visit.

The following letter has appeared in today’s Guardian newspaper, published under the names of quite a list of prominent secularists including Denis MacShane’s ‘beloved’, Joan Smith.

“We, the undersigned, share the view that Pope Ratzinger should not be given the honour of a state visit to this country. We believe that the pope, as a citizen of Europe and the leader of a religion with many adherents in the UK, is of course free to enter and tour our country. However, as well as a religious leader, the pope is a head of state, and the state and organisation of which he is head has been responsible for:

Opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of Aids.

Promoting segregated education.

Denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women.

Opposing equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation.

The state of which the pope is head has also resisted signing many major human rights treaties and has formed its own treaties (“concordats”) with many states which negatively affect the human rights of citizens of those states. In any case, we reject the masquerading of the Holy See as a state and the pope as a head of state as merely a convenient fiction to amplify the international influence of the Vatican”.

Stephen Fry, Professor Richard Dawkins, Professor Susan Blackmore, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Ed Byrne, Baroness Blackstone, Ken Follett, Professor AC Grayling, Stewart Lee, Baroness Massey, Claire Rayner, Adele Anderson, John Austin MP, Lord Avebury, Sian Berry, Professor Simon Blackburn, Sir David Blatherwick, Sir Tom Blundell, Dr Helena Cronin, Dylan Evans, Hermione Eyre, Lord Foulkes, Professor Chris French, Natalie Haynes, Johann Hari, Jon Holmes, Lord Hughes, Robin Ince, Dr Michael Irwin, Professor Steve Jones, Sir Harold Kroto, Professor John Lee, Zoe Margolis, Jonathan Meades, Sir Jonathan Miller, Diane Munday, Maryam Namazie, David Nobbs, Professor Richard Norman, Lord O’Neill, Simon Price, Paul Rose, Martin Rowson, Michael Rubenstein, Joan Smith, Dr Harry Stopes-Roe, Professor Raymond Tallis, Lord Taverne, Peter Tatchell, Baroness Turner, Professor Lord Wedderburn of Charlton QC FBA, Ann Marie Waters, Professor Wolpert, Jane Wynne Willson

I totally agree with the substance of the letter. I never thought I would agree with Peter Tatchell and Dick Taverne at the same time!

See also British Humanist Association.

Next Years Crop?

Political parties throughout the country are beginning the process of choosing their candidates for next years round of local council elections.

This list below details the Rotherham councillors that successfully fought these seats the last time they were contested in 2007.

If this list ends up looking anything like next years field of candidates then both Labour and the Tories are definitely having a laugh at our expense! It must surely be time for some of of them to go if their respective political parties want us to take them at all seriously in the future.

Hens ‘earn their corn’ by laying eggs, when they stop laying, it is surely time for them to go!

So too it should be on the council, when they have out lived their usefulness, it is time for them to stand aside, not to continue on until carried out in a box!

Even the Labour Party insists that being a councillor is not a job for life, but it is a pity that the Labour Party’s writ does not run as far as Rotherham, never has!

Which is why we are landed with such poor candidates year after year because no one wants to give up their allowances that give them a good life. We must not forget the ‘State Funeral’ that is their due entitlement if they die in office. We must also not forget, that when there are ‘bodies buried’, it pays to be around lest anything gets out.

When a labour councillor dies, the relatives of the recently deceased are treated to an immediate search and removal of anything that appertains to the work on the council of their loved one, quite outrageous when you have seen it up close from the relatives perspective!

Anston and Woodsetts Ward
Iain St John – Labour -1394 (321)

Boston Castle Ward
Peter Wootton – Labour – 1282 (451)

Brinsworth and Catcliffe Ward
Reg Littleboy – Labour – 1515 (366)

Dinnington Ward
Jane Havenhand – Labour – 1216 (427)

Hellaby Ward
Brian Cutts – Conservative – 1516 (697)

Holderness Ward
Jane Austen – Labour – 1801 (713)

Hoober Ward
Jane Hamilton – Labour – 1531 (612)

Keppel Ward
Barry Kaye – Labour – 1190 (238)

Maltby Ward
Ben Slade – Independent – 913 (90)

Rawmarsh Ward
Neil Hamilton – Labour – 1495 (673)

Rother Vale Ward
John Swift – Labour – 1461 (917)

Rotherham East Ward
Barry Dodson – Labour – 1312  (826)

Rotherham West Ward
John Foden – Labour – 1305 (369)

Silverwood Ward
Roger Stone – Labour – 1088 (217)

Sitwell Ward
John Gilding – Conservative – 1901 (967)

Swinton Ward
John Doyle – Labour – 1436 (729)

Valley Ward
Paul Lakin – Labour – 1271 (668)

Wales Ward
Gavin Sharp – Conservative – 1045 (322)

Wath Ward
Alex Sangster – Labour – 1641 (717)

Wickersley Ward
Peter Thirlwall – Labour (Sits as Independent) – 1329 (233)

Wingfield Ward
Terry Sharman – Labour – 1411 (545)

For a quick look at photos of the Rotherham councillors all on the same page, not recommended for the nervous or easily shocked, you have been warned click here to view.

At first glance, there are an awful lot of very old pictures here, time surely for an update?