Wandsworth Council Chief Exec Gets £20k Cash Boost Despite £120m Budget Cuts

Fury has erupted after figures released show the council’s chief executive received an extra £20,000 while the local authority was cutting millions of pounds from its budget and shedding scores of jobs.Town hall

Details emerged from the council annual accounts for 2012-13 showing council chief executive Paul Martin’s pay, including bonuses and pension payments, rocketed from £254,880 to £274,224.

The council has been accused of double standards as the 7.6 per cent rise appears to contradict a three-year pay freeze for workers, only lifted in 2013-14 to allow for a 1 per cent rise.

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http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/news/10992142.Council_chief_exec_get___20k_cash_boost_despite___120m_budget_cuts/?ref=mr

Tories Reject 20 Is Plenty for Wandsworth

Last night Wandsworth Conservatives voted against Labour’s proposals for limiting speeds on residential streets to 20mph. Here’s what they turned down:20mph_photo_1

‘This Council notes that already over 12 million people live in local authorities which are adopting or have adopted the policy of 20mph being the default speed limit on residential streets. Those communities have decided that “20’s Plenty Where People Live” – and it is those same communities who have then changed their behaviour to drive more slowly in residential streets where people live, walk and cycle.

Instead of considering one by one the numerous petitions submitted by people from all over the Borough, this Council agrees to instruct the Director of Environment and Community Services to submit a report to the relevant OSC and the Executive to introduce a 20mph default speed limit on our residential urban streets. This will be implemented on most streets without the need for any expensive physical calming measures, although it is noted that on some streets it may be appropriate to have a higher limit based on the road, vulnerable road users provision already installed, etc. But any limit above 20mph should be a considered decision based on local circumstances, with the new default Borough limit being 20mph.’

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http://www.sadiqkhan.org.uk/i_want_to_see_my_road_become_a_20mph

Wandsworth Labour: ‘We’d Bring In Lower Council Tax This Year’

By Cllr. Rex Osborn, Leader of  Wandsworth Labour Group

The council tax is a regressive tax which penalises the private rent-payer, the council rent-payer, the elderly and the less well off. This time of recession is not the time to increase it and Labour has a way of saving an extra £5m to which the Conservatives are opposed. Rex
With many households across Wandsworth still feeling the squeeze, the Labour Group believes the Council should be doing everything it can to help residents this year – not putting up Council tax at a time when residents can least afford it.
Furthermore, we’re alarmed at its decision to gamble with £500,000 of taxpayers’ money, by betting that some clever accounting will ensure it qualifies for the Government’s council tax freeze grant. If it doesn’t pay off, residents will be left with higher council tax as well as another £500,000 hole in the Council’s budget.
The Labour Group supports the exploration of a rationalisation of Council departments – but we’re concerned that these proposals are not thought through and that the Tory Leader, Cllr. Govindia,  has committed the Council to an unrealistic time-frame.
By announcing these half-baked plans without understanding all the repercussions, the Leader has left hundreds of Council employees fearing for their jobs, and concerned about the uncertainty which now lies ahead.
We would urge the Tories to slow the process down, and understand all the options before committing to any radical overhaul of the Council.”

Great Tory housing shame: Third of ex-council homes now owned by rich landlords

By http://www.mirror.co.uk/authors/nick-sommerlad/

The son of a former Tory Housing Minister and Mrs Thatcher aide during the peak years of right-to-buy owns at least 40 ex-council properties

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The multi-millionaire son of a Tory minister who presided over the controversial “right-to -buy” scheme is a buy-to-let landlord owning scores of former council flats.

A Daily Mirror investigation found a third of ex-council homes sold in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher were now owned by private landlords.

In one London borough almost half of ex-council properties are now sub-let to tenants.

Read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/right-to-buy-housing-shame-third-ex-council-1743338