OUR new council, Cheshire West and Chester, has hardly been in existence three months and already it is seeking voluntary redundancies.
In fact, according to the article, this is not the first time redundancies have been sought.
I would suggest to the Chief Executive, Steve Robinson, who I understand has a basic salary greater than that of the Prime Minister, that he take a leaf out of the Chief Executive of BA’s book and work for a month for free.
And ask his well-paid senior colleagues, both employees and elected councillors, to do the same.
With his kind of salary, he is far better placed to lose a month’s income than are many of his more junior employees to lose their entire job.
And what will be the effect of these redundancies on those who receive services from CWaC, such as children and older people, who seem to be targeted with reduced services every time a council is a bit short of money?
Greater efficiency and better services has been the mantra of this new council – let us hope they can really come up with the goods.
Chair, Eddisbury and Weaver Vale Liberal Democrats
MPs’ expenses shame continues
MORE MPs are still getting caught with their fingers in the till.
The latest one is millionaire Tory MP Brian Binley who broke parliamentary rules claiming more than £50,000 of taxpayers money to fund expenses to rent a flat from his own company.
Then there is Shadid Malik, the communities minister, being investigated on Commons expenses rules and is still in Government after Gordon Brown reappointed him last week.
Mr Malik said in a statement that as well as the £6,000 he claimed for allowances for his main constituency in Dewsbury, he claimed another £200 a month for additional office space between 2005 and 2008. No wonder voters demand barracks for MPs in London to live in (Daily Telegraph, June 17) because of these MPs profiting from expenses.
Then some of these local MPs have the cheek to say they are not going to pay the money back.
So why did Hazel Blears pay her £13,000 back? She was guilty, of course, and so are all MPs guilty whether they like it or not ask the public.
These expenses should be moderated or stopped right away and give them a load of basics to claim because this expenses game is not going to go away for a long time and the voters won’t forget.
All they say is they have acted within parliamentary rules, which suits them, and they have gone over the top, like it or not. So let’s get rid of them with a clear out and get some fresh faces because these MPs will not get this great country of ours on its feet again as the country is well over-populated. So where do we go from here?
And about young people trying to get jobs, there could be a crisis looming in the future. Let’s hope not.
(Name and address supplied)
I GET extremely annoyed when I hear from Members of Parliament trying to justify expense claims – ‘we have to have somewhere to live’ and ‘the items purchased are necessary’.
They get a good wage, very good in fact. I can think of a million people who wouldn’t mind half of what they get, and I ask myself what they do with their wages if they charge everything on their expenses?
They knew what they were getting into when they became Members of Parliament. They knew the pay, and conditions, and if they don’t like it now, why don’t they get out?
Why on earth they need a home in London beats me. In today’s age of modern transport, you can travel to London from almost any part of the UK in under four hours. It might have been different 10 years ago when the transport system in the UK was rubbish but things have changed. One or two days in London staying in an average hotel would suffice.
It’s also worth noting that they get subsidised food in the Houses of Parliament, something they forget to mention.
As for needing a TV, I thought that they worked so hard and long hours that they didn’t have time to watch TV? Maybe I am wrong, could be, I have been known to be wrong before, not often though.
Hospital says thanks to Friends
ELLESMERE Port Hospital wishes to take this opportunity to thank members of the League of Friends for their many years of dedicated support.
Through their many fundraising activities over the years they have purchased a variety of items for patient comfort ranging from televisions, DVD players and garden furniture to specialist beds and rehabilitation equipment.
Special thanks must go to Geraldine Shackley, who is the founder member of the League of Friends at Ellesmere Port Hospital and has supported us for 40 years.
Her dedication to both patients and staff has been greatly appreciated by all and she will be sadly missed now that she has retired.
Ellesmere Port Hospital Administrator
Time to restore faith in democracy
NOW is the time, might I suggest, to do all that we can to help restore faith in our democratic system and I believe that single-seat wards would allow us to judge for ourselves on the merits or not of councillors such as Drury and Lowe.
I urge readers who support the case for single seat wards to contact Jessica Metheringham at the Boundary Committee for England at Trevalyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1 2HW email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 4.