In this ‘Age of Austerity’. Are they really worth this much?

Recent information has become available on the pay of the Rotherham Council ‘fat cats’. Firstly the Senior Officers who, between, them actually run our town.

Position Total Remuneration 2007-08* Total Remuneration 2008-09* Total Remuneration 2009-10**
Chief Executive £159,183.00 £163,083.00 £169,665.00
Assistant Chief Executive Policy and Performance £100,611.00 £100,939.00
Assistant Chief Executive Human Resources £97,008.00
Assistant Chief Executive Legal and Democratic Services £96,007.00 £96,847.00
Sub Total £464,459.00
Strategic Director of Financial Services
£110,673.00 £132,772.00 £132,772.00
Strategic Director Neighbourhoods and Adults Services £110,673.00 £132,772.00 £132,772.00
Strategic Director of Children and Young Peoples Services £110,673.00 £132,772.00 £132,772.00
Strategic Director Environment and Development Services £110,673.00 £132,772.00 £132,772.00
Total £995,547.00


* Source Tax Payers Alliance

** Source Statement_of_Accounts_2009-10

Secondly, a summary of the totals paid to Councillors in the years 2005-2010. The detailed breakdowns will be published as soon as they become available. Meanwhile the totals and averages are very illuminating!

The total amount of money our councillors pocket for representing us has grown significantly over the last five years from £981,750 to £1,194,308, an increase of £213,558 no less! An eighteen percent increase in just five years!

No small wonder then that Rotherham is in a mess? Evidently, the gravy train still pulls out of Rotherham!

The other reason that Rotherham Borough Council is always chaotically run, is the long continuing problem of the Labour Group thinking they run Rotherham ‘lock stock and barrel’, nothing of any significance happens without interference from at least one ‘senior’ councillor or other, engaging in micromanagement that has caused one or two difficult problems in the past, once exposed. The hubris of the Rotherham Labour Group has led them into the delusion that they run things, not the officers!

Thirdly, Some of the above would not be quite the problem it has become, were it not for the fact that the competency level amongst the Council Members is so poor! A quick review of the Labour ranks shows them to be older on average than at any time since 1974. It is such a problem that it has led to speculation that their collective age now exceeds their IQ?

Without an extensive clear out of the sitting councillors before next May’s local elections, Rotherham Councillors will end up on average, even more spectacularly ill equipped to discharge their duties and become the public embarrassment they are, once the spotlight is thrown upon them.

If Rotherham Labour really have the best interests of Rotherham at heart then it is time to bite the bullet and get rid of some of these geriatric old timers that populate the Town Hall, making it resemble more a day care centre than a place of serious decision making!

To those of the Conservative persuasion looking at their own panel of councillors, I would simply say, if the cap fits?

Councillors Allowances (Excluding Joint Authority Allowances) Total 63
Years 2005-06 2006-07 * 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Totals £981,750.00 £1,076,797.00 £1,137,235.00 £1,165,736.00 £1,194,308.00
Average £15,583.00 £17,092.00 £18,051.00 £18,503.00 £18,957.00

Note * Said to Include Joint Authority Allowances.


Seen Elsewhere: BNP, Voice of Freedom. Cynicism Exposed!

Ordinarily this blog is a nazi free zone, but an exception needs to be made in this instance. Despite it’s originator, Marlene Guest (Aka GOL), the results of her Freedom of Information (FoI)  request has yielded important information that should have been made public without the necessity to drag it out of them. I have had the following extract emailed to me and I now share it with you.

The people of Rotherham  are footing the medical health care bill for 70 black African immigrants who have been diagnosed with HIV, an article in the new Voice of Freedom newspaper has revealed.

According to the report, the services for those suffering from HIV and Aids in the South Yorkshire town have been swamped with just one operator, Shield, contracted to provide housing and support.
They can provide places for 49 clients with HIV, Aids and Hepatitis C which should be sufficient for Rotherham’s residents.
Out of a population of 242,000 traditional Yorkshire folk, there are exactly 49 cases of people who have been diagnosed with HIV.
But it’s the town’s new arrivals that have thrown the local health care in chaos, Freedom reports.
“From 800 black African immigrants, 70 have Aids-related diseases, while from other immigrant communities in Rotherham totalling 8,000 people, there are another 10 cases,” the article says.
“The extent of the disease amongst immigrants in Rotherham and the possible threat of infection posed to the host population only came to light thanks to the diligent work of local British National Party representative Marlene Guest and her team who uncovered the scandal.
When Ms Guest first heard from residents who were concerned about immigrants with Aids were being given priority in housing provision and the burden placed on local health services, she made a Freedom of Information request to NHS Rotherham to find out the extent of the problem.
She asked: “How many people in the Rotherham have HIV/Aids and what are their origins.”
At first NHS Rotherham claimed they couldn’t answer because they didn’t understand what Ms Guest meant by ‘origins’.
They then stonewalled again saying that she hadn’t stipulated a specific year for the information. Finally they said they didn’t keep such figures.
Not deterred, Ms Guest sifted through hundreds of council documents to find the information she required. “I have no doubt there has been a cover-up,” she told Freedom.
“There are two Rotherham councillors who have a very close connection with Shield. One has declared an interest but the other hasn’t.
“These councillors who knew about the implications and repercussions of HIV immigrants being housed amongst local residents and should have alerted them to what was happening.
“But they didn’t. They chose to keep quiet and cover-up the issue, just like Rotherham NHS tried to do, and that’s a scandal.”
How immigration has brought Aids to Rotherham will be a key issue when the British National Party contest local council elections in the town next May.

The last paragraph is extraordinarily revelatory. It clearly demonstrates the mindset of the BNP and their representative in Rotherham, Marlene Guest. The frankly nasty approach of this pernicious bunch of nazis exploiting for their own ends a situation that will require openness, tolerance and goodwill to address a problem as complex as this one, the exact opposite to the BNP approach in fact!