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Rotherham Politics suggestion for savings No One
For years now the taxpayer has been putting money into the coffers of trades unions via a range of ‘back door’ methods.
Thanks to the Tax Payers Alliance and their recent report, Taxpayer funding of trade unions 2011, it is now possible to put a credible figure on the costs. It amounts to the staggering figure of £113,000,000! That is over £17 per year, for every trade union member!*
Most of this money has been given to them under the guise of education, in one form or another. There are however, other routes of money distribution to the trades unions.
The investigators have been extraordinarily rigorous when it comes to their detailed analysis of the figures for the year 2009-10. Their report makes it possible, perhaps for the first time, to see the full extent of the ‘facilities time’ route for shovelling ‘public money’ into the coffers of the major public sector unions. When I refer to public money, I refer to yours and mine hard earned! Of course.
The figures for Rotherham’s contribution are given below:
|Union||Estimated Cost £ *TPA|
Not an enormous amount, you might think? But this is just the RMBC end of the picture. Don’t forget the Health Service makes a significant contribution as well.
I thought members subs paid the high salaries and Champagne lifestyles of the trade union barons of today? Seems I was wrong! Taxpayers, who are also members of unions, pay twice then. At the very least, it doesn’t look good and may just be another example of a ‘corrupt embrace,’ even? Are the unions being secretly ‘bought off,’ despite the posturing, bluff and bluster? No wonder members are always shafted in the end!
This then is the first Rotherham Politics suggestion for savings. Withdraw these arrangements and save the nearly £150,000 every year, it will soon mount up!
Rotherham Politics suggestion for savings No Two, will feature a completely unnecessary company that appears to exist, simply to spend our money!
Firstly this very revealing story, in Yorkshire’s national daily, the Yorkshire Post, from 2003:
Fresh blow for council rocked by scandal
Published on Sunday 26 October 2003
THE new leader of a council tainted by a major sleaze scandal has admitted making a false expenses claim over a trip to Scotland – but insists it was a genuine mistake.
The claim, by Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone, was discovered during a police inquiry into an anti-poverty organisation run by Garvin Reed, the disgraced former deputy leader of the authority who is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for his part in stealing 172,000 of public money. Read on….
And this link to a piece of the jigsaw of the history of Rotherham from the same time:
ROTHERHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL
REPORT TO CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE
A timely reminder of the tendency to corruption, fraud and worse that seems to occur wherever Labour rule without effective opposition!
Thanks to ‘A Friend of Old Rotherham‘, for bringing these links to our attention.
A selection of stories featuring Roger Stone from the Yorkshire Post can now be found in: