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County Durham piggies: Council executives cut front-line services but not their own pay cheques

County Durham piggies: Council executives cut front-line services but not their own pay cheques | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

By Stephen Palmer

They’re cutting buses, road maintenance, street lighting, disability benefits, child benefits, museums, libraries and leisure centres – but there’s one thing the County Durham Council ‘chief executives’ are firmly safeguarding, their own fat pay cheques.

As you can see from the below picture from the Council’s website, the salaries for all of those earning over £100,000 a year have been frozen for 2012/2013 by the Labour-run council.

The Chief Executive of the Council, George Garlick, is the highest-paid staff member in the whole of the north of England,with a £200,000 salary.

In addition, he receives £42,900 per annum in pension contributions and £823 in expenses allowances, making his total yearly payment an incredible £243,748.

There are a further 19 department heads at the Council who are paid between £76,000 and £110,000 a year,including such vital posts as Head of Social Inclusion.

According to reports in March,one of the £140,000 earners is allegedly to be fired in a cost-cutting exercise (or token sacrifice), but – surprise, surprise – that doesn’t seem to have happened yet.

The British National Party’s local council manifesto states that the Party would cap council salaries at £100,000 and cut councillors’ expenses and remuneration.

Applying this policy to County Durham Council alone would save nearly £700,000 a year, including reductions to expenses and pension contributions.

A further revision of the other excessive salaries at councils would save even more (ditching the employees in the pointless ‘Equalities and Diversity’ department would spare £210,000 a year in wages for a start).

But by all means keep voting LibLabCon if you want to carry on feeding these County Durham piggies.

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The Preston Mafia exposed

The Preston Mafia exposed | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

The England First Party has made political corruption in Preston a major campaign issue in the 2012 local elections. Leaflets have gone out in the past week across Ribbleton ward highlighting the case of Frank McGrath, former deputy leader of Preston City Council, who in March 2010 was convicted of laundering money for a major drug trafficker and jailed for four and a half years.
Our leaflet, published in support of Mark Cotterill, the EFP’s anti-corruption candidate for Ribbleton, pointed out that McGrath – who was one of the leaders of the “Preston Mafia” whose influence extended across much of Lancashire – had been ordered to pay almost £1 million. This represented profits from criminal activity.
Today that anti-corruption campaign has been dramatically vindicated, as former councillor McGrath has been ordered to spend a further two years in jail. He still owes more than £400,000 of his ill-gotten criminal loot.
The England First Party calls for a full inquiry into Labour’s “Preston Mafia” and the web of corruption that Lancashire police tried but failed to uproot during the 1990s. Both the Labour and Conservative parties have questions to answer about this corruption scandal – especially with a new Lancashire Police Commissioner due to be elected later this year.

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Rochdale News: Outrage at Hussain 'promotion'

Rochdale News: Outrage at Hussain 'promotion' | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

The news that Labour councillor Aftab Hussain has been 'promoted' to Chairman of the Pennines Township Committee has been unpopular amongst the people of Rochdale.

Hussain gave a positive character reference for Abdul Qayyum, who was later convicted of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.

Both Hussain and former mayor Zulfiquar Ali, who stepped down, appeared as character witnesses for Qayyum.

Ali has since called his decision as a “silly mistake”. Hussain, however, remains in his role as a Labour councillor in the Firgrove and Smallbridge ward, and is now chariman of a Township committee.

When asked their thoughts on Hussain’s position, the people of Rochdale were unanimous. A Harris, who works in the town centre, said: “It’s just Rochdale all over, it’s an absolute joke. He should have been sacked, never mind standing down. It infuriates me.”

Richard Brockley said: “I don’t think he should have kept his job, and I don’t think he should be earning any more either. I think it’d be the same though in any other town.”

A resident who did not want to be named said: “He should have been out of the job the moment he wrote the letter. This town only protects certain people, and we can’t do anything about it. Have the police just turned a blind eye?”

One of the integral roles of a councillor is that of a corporate parent, a role that gives responsibility to all councillors for the welfare of the town’s children.

Jean Ashworth is an ex-councillor. She said: “Corporate parenting is one of the most important roles a councillor undertakes. It involves protecting, supporting and being there for all vulnerable children.

“Councillor Hussain should have known better than to support a suspect. Is an apology enough? At the end of the day the man was convicted – Hussain has gone against this poor girl.”

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Rape tweet councillor criticised

Rape tweet councillor criticised | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A senior Brighton and Hove city councillor who tweeted that he only smoked cannabis when "murdering, raping and looting" faces calls to resign.
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