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Stockport Council’s Children’s Services spend over £7k on day at the races

Waste of money Posted on Sat, April 11, 2015 17:33

Children’s & Educational Services

March 2011

Reference – 19003349687 expenditure over £500

£7,825.25 – The Jockey Club Racecourses

And senior councillors and council officers at Stockport say I waste money by questioning them. They need constant scrutiny.

New video asking how to save money cost £6,750.

Waste of money Posted on Mon, January 19, 2015 17:39


I am writing in response to your request for information
(ref FOI 20080).

Can you kindly inform me what
the cost of the newly released “Stockport council investing in Stockport” video
produced by SMBC.

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the
requested information and our response is as follows:

The cost of the above video totalled

Yours sincerely,

Kerrie Harris

CSS Graduate Development Officer
Business Support – Information Governance

Stockport Council
Town Hall

2003/4 £727,099.56 spent on lease cars

Waste of money Posted on Fri, January 16, 2015 13:58

iPads for all councillors

Waste of money Posted on Wed, September 11, 2013 17:40

Best not to carp about this; it aids Roberts’ Tweeting ;o)

Do you want to pay for this? I don’t!

Waste of money Posted on Mon, August 05, 2013 16:59

Political Assistant (Conservative)

Ref: EX 25593
Employer: Stockport Council
Location: Town Hall. Stockport
Salary: £29,528-£33,998
Salary Grade: SO3
Working Pattern: Full Time
Working Hours: 37 hours, fixed term until February 2014 to cover maternity
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Closing date: 19/08/2013 10:00
Job Type: Democratic Services/Political
Interview Date:

Play Streets – Marshalls

Waste of money Posted on Tue, June 25, 2013 07:36

‘Marshalls’ for the streets as kids play…sounds like the wild west…. is this town run by cowboys? I merely ask.

What about investing in decent children’s playgrounds?

Play streets – council taxpayers to fund it

Waste of money Posted on Mon, June 24, 2013 03:36

Children can safely play on Stockport’s streets

Residents/parents may have to pay £82…where does that money go to?

Residents/parents will have to pay for public much? Where from?…and does any of that money go to SMBC? SMBC hopes that lots of streets will be taking this up; we can see the pound signs now.

And…the closures will have ‘marshalls’…Who pays them?

The council says it supports play…but the parents/residents will have to pay…

Council lease cars – an overview

Waste of money Posted on Sun, June 16, 2013 08:52

It is very satisfying that the anomaly of the council lease cars is finally being appreciated – not only in difficult times, but perhaps it should have never have been started, given the minute business use and high quality cars.

The scheme is described as a car scheme; it applies to cars only and not vans – or perhaps there is another explanation of the 475 leased vehicles of which only 284 “members” are in the scheme. What are the remaining 191 vehicles used for and by whom? Do they give rise to a tax perk as well? Is this the only company car “management” in being? Is there another scheme running in parallel?

There is clearly a marked difference between the “Authority” and the Opposition. On the one hand the Authority seems reluctant to act quickly in ending the scheme and refers to “phasing out” and reducing costs like this as quickly as possible; however, their action consisted of only proposals. For debate – transitional arrangements for ending the scheme. These would include intention to close the scheme by 2014. This did not convey any sense of urgency and then there would be no access to the scheme after that date. On the other hand, the Opposition complain that the scheme’s very existence is “outrageous” especially as expenditure on it (£4 million over three years) had not been revealed to councillors, and it should have been ended immediately.

An aside – is it certain that the loss of the “perk” will not be replaced with an increase in salary at the end of the scheme or at any time in the future? Business use is usually paid for on a mileage scale i.e., a Government one.

It is appreciated that the reporter had to condense the interview into a few paragraphs and I may have misunderstood. What if the country’s fortunes recover – by 1984?

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