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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…
|SUMMARY OF MEMBERS’ ALLOWANCES AND EXPENSES
FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2010
|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?