Council cuts

IN SEVERAL issues now I have read our local authorities are proposing to cut various services for which they have a responsibility. I have yet to read that any one of our local authorities proposes to cut the members’ salaries. I was fortunate enough to be an employee of the former Gwent County Council when the members were not paid a salary; they only received travelling and subsistence under strictly controlled guidelines. I doubt whether anyone can say that authority was any the poorer for not having salaried members and I seriously question whether the current members work any harder.

Gwent County Council delivered 83 per cent of all local authority functions to a high degree of efficiency, with the second tier authorities only responsible for the remaining 17 per cent. There are a few of the former GCC members still serving on current councils who can verify my comments.

A. S. Brunt Trelawny Close Usk

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12:18pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Banjalucka says...

Excellent letter. That's the way it is sadly. Most are pretty arrogant and definitely overpaid.
Excellent letter. That's the way it is sadly. Most are pretty arrogant and definitely overpaid. Banjalucka

1:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

county mad says...

How very dare you to let the cat out of the bag,having a sinicure in a rotton borough like this part of the world is,is exactly the labour and plaid dream, those two being cheeks of the same a*se. Cut down the street lights and increase allowances all in same week ,now you vote for us and keep the nasty tories out like your forebears did, only then labour cared now its self sdvancement for thecouncillors. SHEEPLE STOP VOTING FOR THESE CHARLITANS THEY DONT CARE ONE JOT ABOUT YOU
How very dare you to let the cat out of the bag,having a sinicure in a rotton borough like this part of the world is,is exactly the labour and plaid dream, those two being cheeks of the same a*se. Cut down the street lights and increase allowances all in same week ,now you vote for us and keep the nasty tories out like your forebears did, only then labour cared now its self sdvancement for thecouncillors. SHEEPLE STOP VOTING FOR THESE CHARLITANS THEY DONT CARE ONE JOT ABOUT YOU county mad

3:53pm Wed 11 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

if councilors did not receive a wage, only those who didn't need a wage would run. you wouldnt get any where near the level of representation we have now.

the chambers would be full of corrupt ex professionals, giving back-handers to their chums.
if councilors did not receive a wage, only those who didn't need a wage would run. you wouldnt get any where near the level of representation we have now. the chambers would be full of corrupt ex professionals, giving back-handers to their chums. whatintheworld

7:53am Thu 12 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

whatintheworld wrote:
if councilors did not receive a wage, only those who didn't need a wage would run. you wouldnt get any where near the level of representation we have now.

the chambers would be full of corrupt ex professionals, giving back-handers to their chums.
what like it is now with the old labour junta.

just ask yourself did a cheap tin bus station end up costing 1 million one of the councillors relatives done ok out of it as im let to believe.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: if councilors did not receive a wage, only those who didn't need a wage would run. you wouldnt get any where near the level of representation we have now. the chambers would be full of corrupt ex professionals, giving back-handers to their chums.[/p][/quote]what like it is now with the old labour junta. just ask yourself did a cheap tin bus station end up costing 1 million one of the councillors relatives done ok out of it as im let to believe. scraptheWAG

2:38pm Sun 15 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

whatintheworld wrote:
if councilors did not receive a wage, only those who didn't need a wage would run. you wouldnt get any where near the level of representation we have now.

the chambers would be full of corrupt ex professionals, giving back-handers to their chums.
Once upon a time, and this is not a fairy story, all Councils were run on just that basis.
What was delivered was a relatively decent sewage system, a delivery of potable water, for their day, well maintained roads, where applicable, decent and well maintained housing, rents people could afford without going in to debt to pay, and with the rates included in them, street cleaning., gardens, street furniture (lamp posts, that worked when needed, ,. seat, bus shelters , public toilets, schools, etc.etc

All of which was managed by UNPAID Councillors, and Aldermen (Women) who supervised, advised, and listened to the advice of the professionals they employed to manage the whole system of local affairs.
and in doing so, paid heed to the people who elected them into office.

So, to respond to your comments, I think I would be quite happy to revert to being 'unrepresented', by a return to the old days of the way councils were formulated. and run by those UNPAID but 'fully committed to the people's needs' sort of Councillors.

Almost anything would be superior to the gangs of money mad crews now in charge at the Town Halls up and down the country.

They all seem to think they are agencies of Westminster, and don't they demonstrate it, as they all now opt for the 'Cabinet' style in local politics.
[quote][p][bold]whatintheworld[/bold] wrote: if councilors did not receive a wage, only those who didn't need a wage would run. you wouldnt get any where near the level of representation we have now. the chambers would be full of corrupt ex professionals, giving back-handers to their chums.[/p][/quote]Once upon a time, and this is not a fairy story, all Councils were run on just that basis. What was delivered was a relatively decent sewage system, a delivery of potable water, for their day, well maintained roads, where applicable, decent and well maintained housing, rents people could afford without going in to debt to pay, and with the rates included in them, street cleaning., gardens, street furniture (lamp posts, that worked when needed, ,. seat, bus shelters , public toilets, schools, etc.etc All of which was managed by UNPAID Councillors, and Aldermen (Women) who supervised, advised, and listened to the advice of the professionals they employed to manage the whole system of local affairs. and in doing so, paid heed to the people who elected them into office. So, to respond to your comments, I think I would be quite happy to revert to being 'unrepresented', by a return to the old days of the way councils were formulated. and run by those UNPAID but 'fully committed to the people's needs' sort of Councillors. Almost anything would be superior to the gangs of money mad crews now in charge at the Town Halls up and down the country. They all seem to think they are agencies of Westminster, and don't they demonstrate it, as they all now opt for the 'Cabinet' style in local politics. varteg1

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