The Town Clerk’s piss-up on the taxpayer

Oh dear, the lunatics have most definitely taken to running the asylum. Council chiefs from across the country are attending a conference on dealing with spending cuts.

Sensible idea you may think, but its not all it seems and you realise that this is little more than a taxpayer funded junket. The cost (excluding accommodation) of talking about spending cuts will cost the taxpayer upto a mere £845 a head.

We are not talking about local elected representatives, but the already overpaid Chief Executives and their army of taxpayer funded hangers on.

The event at the Cardiff International Arena October 12 to 15 almost appears to be designed to stick two fingers up to the hard pressed taxpayer and will further add insult to injury, or financial penalty, by staging their own musical to be called ‘Making a drama out of a financial crisis’ according to the Mail.

But….. it gets even worse. In what I can only describe as money laundering the whole event is being organised by SOLACE. The senior vice-president of SOLACE, Kim Ryley, who is also the chief executive at Shropshire council, bills it as ‘a new type of conference designed to give you the managerial tools to cope with austerity’.

What can Derek Myers the Chairman of SOLACE be thinking in organising this event? Already at the top of his profession as the Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council on a salary of £209,712, austerity is not something that is likely to affect him personally. But then, Mr Myers is more than a little politically motivated in his resistance to transparency.

Lets face it, its a 3 day piss up for Town Clerks that you are paying for, and the Town Clerks through their privately owned company will collect a lot of bung, and like the Mafiosi they have to protect their interests. How austere.

I have written before about SOLACE and Solace Enterprises, the companies are wholly owned by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace), which ‘represents’ town hall bosses. The company’s directors include a number of former and serving chief executives, so as you can see there’s no vested interests (sic).

Solace Enterprises, a recruitment company, is paid fees by local councils (taxpayers money) to headhunt chief executives and recommend salary levels. Its advice has contributed to burgeoning pay packets for chief executives, many of whom are now paid more than £150,000 a year. (more taxpayers money)

So the Town Clerks own the company that they pay taxpayers money to, to advise them on what their own salary packages should be, and who in their membership to hire when they quit. Isn’t that money laundering? or racketeering?

Further, SOLACE works closely with the ACPO, another private company in the racketeering business, and together, these 2 private limited companies ACPO and Solace determine how the army of local authority badged plastic police raise even more money handing out fixed penalty notice fines, all of which are vetted and authorised by the ACPO, though its subsidiary ACPO CPI Ltd. – Legalised Racketeering? I think so.

There is yet another cuckoo organisation, APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) who run a similar racket, feeding their entire organisation from the public purse, which I shall be writing about shortly …and as with all these organisations, not an elected official in sight.

Local Authorities are no longer about public service, no longer about listening to residents and taxpayers and providing you with local services that you want in the way you want. No, Local Authorities are now about revenue raising, now its a business, a big corrupt business. That’s why Town Clerks have given themselves the self important & pretentious name of Chief Executives.

It seems to be based on extorting as much as possible from the taxpayers through council tax, and then using trading and charging schemes extort even more extra fees for the overpaid services that you have already ostensibly paid for (in the name of cost reduction), and then to operate a legal mugging service with a series of fixed penalty notices ‘crimes’ (with legislative protection).

and just to rub it in, a 3 day piss-up at the Cardiff International Arena, where the main arena has a conference layout for upto 5,000 delegates. Nice work if you can get it.

The Chief Executives may like their piss-ups, but the taxpayers you are taking the piss out of are getting severely pissed off.

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7 Responses to The Town Clerk’s piss-up on the taxpayer

  1. Monty Cristo says:

    This has the stench of corruption surrounding it, although I have no doubt it has been cleared by ACPO as being legitimate and fully in accordance with the intentions and aspirations of the governed.
    I wonder of Pickles is aware of this and his intentions?

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  3. zuluwarrior says:

    Has anybody managed to see the Solace Enterprises acoounts?

  4. jameshigham says:

    And what sort of solace is there in that for the average punter?

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