You may have read in the local papers about Wirral Council retiree Mike Garbutt railing against his “morally bankrupt” former employer for asking him to return the gift of a lifetime gym pass because of council cuts.
Sadly it took 34 years of loyal service before Mr. Garbutt realised that the people who run Wirral Council are “morally bankrupt” and that unless you’re one of the gilded elite you ain’t nothin’ but a (payroll) number.
Meanwhile some town hall drone admits that this may be “disappointing for those people affected” oblivious to the fact that they’ll be next to be screwed over whilst rejoicing in the fact that such a callous move may make £500,000 worth of savings – hurrah! .However let’s face it these days half a million is a mere bagatelle – the cost of a Town Hall executive love tryst.
There are other stories such as this – Mr. D told us :
As part of the councils cuts to save money they are implementing the stopping of some free concessions. In 2009 I was given a long service award by the council for over 30 years service and out of the three choices I elected a life pass to the gyms. As from April this has now been removed so in effect had my long service award removed with no offers of anything in it’s place. I’m sure this may effect others across the borough.
Then there’s the case of a pensioner with severe mobility problems who being 50+ was able to buy a leisure passport every year for £5 that entitled him to swim free between 11am & 12 noon Monday to Friday. He was recently told by the staff at West Kirby Concourse that from 1st April this facility will be withdrawn. From then on he will have to pay £4 every time he uses the pool. Apparently there are a number of people including this gentleman who need this exercise and depend on this therapy !.
We’re wondering whether it will only kick off when the retired golfing chums of the Wirral council powerbrokers realise it will affect their use of the municipal golf courses.
Just to rub it in we’ve all just had our Council Tax bills through the door haven’t we ? – along with a glossy leaflet with those bloody 20 pledges pie charts . There on the “people” pie chart we have “older people live well” and on the environment pie chart we have “leisure and cultural opportunities for all” .
So how do Wirral council reconcile the rhetoric with these mean spirited and short -sighted measures we describe above ?. More importantly how do they reconcile the banner headline “Council Tax – where your money goes” without reference to CEO Eric “Feeble” Robinson’s £35,000 value for money pay hike or Martin Liptrot (sky) ‘s £45,000 political appointment or the millions spent on consultants or the countless amounts spent on cover ups and pay offs ? .
Strange how money can always be found to make “our betters” lives a little bit easier isn’t it ?- but can never be found for the “little people” – you know the ones like you and me who pay the over-inflated wages of these so called public servants. The modern day mandarins on the make and on the take.
Consequently they’ll be “no concessions” at Leaky Towers when it comes to exposing the hypocrisy , the stupidity , the waste , the incompetence and the dishonesty that still lies at the heart (if it had one) of Wirral Council .