Councils wasting huge sums as households hit by tax rises : Express

WITH 539 town hall bosses earning more than the Prime Minister it is fair to expect the local authorities they run to provide value for money.

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An audit of council officers’ salaries has revealed an 11 per cent rise in the number taking home at least £150,000 in pay and other benefits last year, at a time when households across Britain were hit with huge council tax rises.

So the fact that huge sums have been wasted by councils in recent years will shock taxpayers.

The costly blunders include Oxfordshire County Council last month spending £12.5million to install a cycle lane while forgetting to lower the curb to allow cyclists on to it.

Portsmouth City Council was also criticised for spending £5million on an “Olympic-size” swimming pool that was two inches short when completed in 2011.

In Sutton, in south London, council officers were left red-faced for losing the only copy of a report, which cost more than £100,000 to produce last July.

They were also criticised for calling its food waste reduction scheme a “success” when it only had six participants out of a population of 200,000.

A press release in February last year said, “Sutton residents have reduced their food waste by more than 70 per cent” thanks to a council-backed scheme Dudley Council spent £16,000 of taxpayers’ cash over the past five years on hiring private investigators to snoop on its own staff, with 60 per cent of investigations resulting in no evidence obtained.

Last January Derbyshire Council spent £20,000 on a short stretch of pavement leading to an empty field.

Plymouth Council also wasted £19,066 on a survey asking residents their age, gender and state of health in 2012.




  1. I wonder what Amber Rudd and co have to say about that.


    As for TRUMP (as Blair and Bush before him) looks like he’s (They) just broke International law.


    No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. Consequently, armed intervention and all other forms of interference or attempted threats against the personality of the State or against its political, economic and cultural elements are in violation of international law.

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