Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wasted cash at taxpayers expense welcome to the gravy train

Two Liverpool council executives driving Mercedes and BMW funded by the taxpayer

City council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald and director of regeneration Nick Kavanagh, are already two of the highest paid officials with salaries of £197,000 and between £120,000 and £140,000 respectively. But now it has been revealed they have been driving round the city in luxury vehicles paid for by the taxpayer – while the Labour-run council axed £140m from its budget over two years.

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16 thoughts on “Wasted cash at taxpayers expense welcome to the gravy train

  • mark wadsworth says:

    It’s an outrage.

    When I’m in charge, any public official with a salary of more than £40,000 a year will have his name and address and salary published in print and on the internet, and anybody who wants to be paid more than £80,000 will have to subject himself to a democratic vote. The ballot paper will include an option “I don’t think we need this job in the first place, we can manage without a ‘director of regeneration’ thank you very much’.

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  • Peterpumpkin says:

    Couldn’t agree more Mark.

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  • The salary level along with expenses, company car etc..is set (so I’ve been told over the past few decades) to attract suitable people into the job or indeed retain them in the job because they would otherwise all be off working in the private sector.

    (Lights touchpaper and stands well back)

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  • general congreve says:

    Just had a flash back to when I worked in Zimbabwe and the economy was collapsing in flames, and the police there were driving Mercedes.

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  • The real issue are contractors… wow they’re on a good wicket!

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Tom101, same for contractors (who actually get more money out of the government than official employees), every last penny to be published online.

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  • MW they would employ expensive consultants and contractors to publish info online lol

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  • greenshootsandleaves says:

    Why pixel out the number plate when Kavanagh’s car is such a distinctive left hand drive model anyway?

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  • probably because that is the BMW promo pic for selling to corrupt councils and police

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Mark, yes they do spend a lot of money on “consultants” i.e. their mates who have already taken a generous retirement/redundancy package to publis stuff online, well publish that as well, any business or entity which receives more than £40,000 a year to publish details of all its higher paid employees and shareholders and directors online, with copies of schedules of work done, i.e. if slates start falling off the school roof and Builder Jack retiles it for £50,000, then that goes online, together with details of Builder Jack’s salary, dividends and pension contributions. If £50,000 is a fair price, then nobody will bat an eyelid.

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  • Why not raise this with Cameron. You can buy lunch with him for only £150k.

    Many big public organisations employ contractors or consultants to tell them what to do. If these organisations (FSA, Network Rail, etc) are just going to cut’n’paste from reports, why have big salaries for those at the top? Surely its not to “retain them in the private sector” as Jack c suggests.

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  • Why not raise this with Cameron. You can buy lunch with him for only £150k.

    Many big public organisations employ contractors or consultants to tell them what to do. If these organisations (FSA, Network Rail, etc) are just going to cut’n’paste from reports, why have big salaries for those at the top? Surely its not to “retain them in the private sector” as Jack c suggests.

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  • a prime example a good friend of mine in the usa works for a well known government organisation offering homeless shelter, her manager told her she had a quote for 20k to repair the tiles in the showers, my friend knowing one of the homeless used to be a builder offered him the same job and asked him what he wanted for it, he said he was happy for them to supply a roof over his head in return she gave him $600 of her own money to him for the job and persuaded her boss to allow this to happen and buy the tiles required from home depot, all in all she said she saved this organisation $19,000 approx on this job and it took only 2 days, gave someone a good feeling and goes to show any company quoting to these organisations either blows up the price or accommodates for back handers within the quoted price

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Alan, it’s not just the £150k for lunch, don;t forget it’s 40p per unit of alcohol extra and he only serves Cornish Pasties.

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  • greenshootsandleaves says:

    I’m sure there are a few leading figures in the building industry who can do a very nice lunch, much to the delight of the nation’s would-be FTBs, of course.

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