Tax, Cuts & Fat Cats

FRIAR-FUCK
As a follow up to our “That’s A Bit Rich…” story we thought we’d like to report on how on how the other half live – the little people who fund the lavish lifestyles and inflated wages of the so-called public servants in Wallasey Town Hall. The people who are hounded for their Council Tax and Bedroom Tax so that this golden shower can indulge in Mayor-making jamborees and golf beanos and far east junkets and lavish refurbishments.

Their creative funding of such indulgences includes the curious tale that Wirral Council has received what is known as a discretionary housing payment of over £900 from a ridiculously named housing association with whom “associations” with the Council go back a long way . The amount paid to the housing association on behalf of a tenant allegedly paid in error has been compliantly handed over to the Council although it is believed that the latter have no legal right to the money as it rightfully belongs to the tenant.

We suspect that this payment has something to do with the dreaded Bedroom Tax – upon which Wirral Council’s stance is simply reprehensible. They may like to blame central government for introducing the tax ( no we won’t call it a spare room subsidy) but fail to emphasise that it is a local government decision on how – or even if – it’s implemented.

Could it be that Wirral’s Labour Council want to play the blame game for political ends and are using vulnerable people as a means to do that?

Thankfully we hail Joe Halewood and his highly informative blog SPeye Joe for keeping us informed on Wirral’s shameful implementation of this Robin Hood in Reverse tax – robbing the poor to pay the rich.

His recent post titled “Wirral’s Labour Council and bedroom tax sophistry” tells you everything you need to know about the Town Hall bedroom tax spin and which strangely doesn’t appear in certain sections of the local press  – SEE HERE

Deviation Wirral

WIRRAL-GOLF

Despite protestations to the contrary “Destination Wirral” appears to be a bid by Wirral Council to turn the peninsula into one great big golf course.

Of course “Destination Wirral” is not to be confused with “Destination Excellence” (stop sniggering) the monumental Foulkesy fail that followed the publication of Klonowski’s Independent Review.

Remember how we laughed as Foulkesy  promised to adhere to the recommendations of the Independent Review and the Corporate Governance Report that preceded it, with “bible-like” devotion?

However this latest feeble branding exercise at least has the benefit of a “Destination Manager” (which sounds like a Council rebranding of Foulkesy’s mayoral chauffeur).

But then again this person seems to have a loose grasp of geography when it comes to Wirral’s boundaries themselves. Witness the recent Wirral Folk Festival (Anyone heard about it? – No thought not!)

http://www.visitwirral.com/whats-on/wirral-folk-festival-p72541

Now please forgive us but when were Ellesmere Port or Whitby annexed by Wirral? and why would Wirral Council give money to venues to hold a Wirral Folk Festival there?

It has been suggested to us that this enables Wirral Council managers to tick a box in the pursuit of European Union funny money (European Regional Development Fund to be specific) We can only ask ourselves whether chasing the Euro will herald the return of “Eurowirral” ? – anyone remember that risible branding exercise undertaken by the Council ?

However it strikes us that if the Council were really serious about Wirral being a “destination” rather than a “deviation” that it would help if there was a Tourist Information Centre rather than relying on the likes Royal & Ancient website plugging hotel accommodation for the upcoming Open golf championships mainly out Chester way because nobody knows where “Wirral” actually is!……….

Meanwhile the Council’s obsession with golf continues unabated with news of them “consulting” about the flogging off of municipal golf courses. Except Hoylake of course !  – could this have anything to do with the postponed announcement mooted for the opening day of the Open when the Council planned to unveil the Last of the International Playboys funding partner they had lined up to thrill us all with news of a luxury golf resort coming to Wirral?

Needless to say the momentous event went the way of all Wirral Council drives down the fairway – in the rough and unplayable. Therefore we can’t help wondering whether this golf resort proposal doesn’t end up being Stella Shiu 2 and like the Wirral Waters project permanently lodged in a sandtrap.

Therefore can we humbly suggest to the Council’s Destination Manager that they may need to adjust their branding   –

“Wirral – Not so much crazy golf as golf crazy!”

Fore Play

GOLF-PASS

We understand the following Councillors have free tickets for every day of the Open golf championships in Hoylake starting on July 17th:
Labour Leader Power Boy Pip and his deputies George “Brillo pad” Davies and Ann McLachlan,Tory Leader Jefferson Green and Lib Dem leader Phil Gilchrist plus Labour cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing Chris Meaden who has done well to swing the freebies (gedditt!?)

What’s more ALL councillors are allowed to go FREE for the pre-tournament Practice Day to enjoy a bit of fore play (so to speak ) and will also be in attendance at the prize giving on the final day. Does anybody know whether any of the Chinese delegation that Pip & Co were entertaining last month have been invited?………………..

Needless to say Foulkesy exclusively reveals in his Wirral “News” Mayoral Diary that :
” I will be representing the borough at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on a number of civic engagements during the week”

Next week’s column will no doubt feature another Foulkesy exclusive where he reveals that in fact bears shit in the woods and not the new deluxe Super-bog in Wallasey Town Hall.

Now we are all agreed that golf is the most tedious game ever devised but we do know that “fore” (week delay?)  is used as a warning to golfers further up the course if something untoward is heading their way. So we’d like to say “FORE!!!!!” to all the people of Wirral and Wirral Council staff and ask you all – do  you know what they are dealing with yet?.Has the ball dropped in the hole so to speak?

Lord and Lady knows we’ve warned you people enough times but we’d ask you to compare and contrast thes shameless freeloading above with the fact that 500 Council staff are under threat of redundancy because of what some may view as the incompetence, bungeling and dishonesty of Councillors and Senior Officers.

And no Pip we don’t want you to drag out the lazy rhetoric about cuts being a direct result of central government policy.
The irony is that Wirral Council is ideologically a Tory Council run by Labour like the North of England’s answer to Wandsworth Council.

Wirral Council’s stance on the Bedroom and Council Tax is frankly shameless and a direct attack on the poor and vulnerable.

Moreover they are using the exact same tactic as the allegedly despised central government by using the deficit/austerity/cuts smokescreen as a means to an end – in Wirral Council’s case getting rid of their staff either via redundancy or outsourcing.

Of course less staff  means less services but as far as Senior Councillors/Officers are concerned that’s OK – less staff to identify your failings and misdemeanors and public services run by private businesses which are beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act.

And so it would seem that  Senior Councillors/Officers get the fore-play and everyone else gets shafted!