China trip and other greedy folk in the Advertiser

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The China trip as told by the Advertiser and the ‘silly season’ short on expenses! Previously on Rotherham Politics: Off to the Orient? Posted on July 22, 2014 by rothpol Off they go on the Oriental Express To a ancient land … Continue reading

Private Eye on the Double-Standards Committee Chairman

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Was amused to find this piece in this mornings Private Eye concerning the expenses arrangements of Kevin Barron: More information on Kevin Barron, previously published on Rotherham Politics, can be found here. .

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!