Wiltshire Council allowances still under fire

Eric Pickles and Michelle Donelan, centre, with reporters Julie Armstrong and Craig Jones. Right, Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott

Jane Scott

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Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott has again defended her decision to take a 36.5 per cent increase in her allowance, despite criticism from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.

In November, after recommendations in an independent review, Wiltshire Council agreed to a rise that saw Coun Scott’s allowance go from £37,335 to £52,227.

Allowances to Cabinet members also increased by at least 22 per cent, rising from £15,101 to £18,433 a year, and councillors’ basic allowances have gone up by one per cent to £12,289 a year.

Mr Pickles felt this was the wrong decision, especially as it had made 252 staff redundant weeks earlier.

He said: “It doesn’t matter that she has done marvellous things and it is a very good council, when times are hard you have to lead from the front and I expect all councils to do that.”

Coun Scott said she was unmoved by his comments.

She said: “I’m sorry it has been brought up again. I will be taking the allowance, as will other councillors. I would have preferred Eric to have focused on other things, I would have liked to have shown him around the new Corsham campus, I would have liked him to have met some of the 1,000 apprentices we have here.”

The council’s deputy leader and Cabinet leader for highways John Thomson also questioned Mr Pickles’ intervention on parking fees.

He said: “Mr Pickles’ stance regarding car parking is very interesting but if the Government weren’t cutting £22m from our budget (over the next four years) we might have had more freedom.

“As the council are the ones dealing with the day to day, we can’t get too worried by everything that’s said.”

A motion to overturn allowance increases will be debated at a full council meeting at County Hall, Trowbridge, at 10.30am on February 4. Tax payer Paul Gaunt, who launched a 2,600-signature petition against the increase, will hold a demonstration outside the hall, from 10am.

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3:05pm Thu 23 Jan 14

davesopinion says...

Actually, much as I dislike the highly political self-serving woman, this isn't actually an excessive amount if she is full time in the post.
Actually, much as I dislike the highly political self-serving woman, this isn't actually an excessive amount if she is full time in the post. davesopinion
  • Score: -9

4:21pm Thu 23 Jan 14

the optimist says...

davesopinion wrote:
Actually, much as I dislike the highly political self-serving woman, this isn't actually an excessive amount if she is full time in the post.
If this women has had to change her job into a full time job then why did she get rid of the chief exec?

The sooner she is gone the better for all of us?
[quote][p][bold]davesopinion[/bold] wrote: Actually, much as I dislike the highly political self-serving woman, this isn't actually an excessive amount if she is full time in the post.[/p][/quote]If this women has had to change her job into a full time job then why did she get rid of the chief exec? The sooner she is gone the better for all of us? the optimist
  • Score: 9

5:54pm Thu 23 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

Mr Thomson needs to be reminded that the Cuts ARE being made by HIS OWN Political Party ..
If he and Jane Scott and Co cared an OUNCE about us Residents and the REAL Staff at the Council, they would be working FOR the People and NOT their Political Party..
If Thomson disagrees with the "Government cuts" then he should **** well TELL them..
As for saying his Council 'dealing with the day to day, we can't get too worried by everything that's said" well...dearie me, forgive me but....
I thought that spending money that was NOT yours to spend IS questionable Money Laundering ?
Jane Scott spends far TOO much time "showing people around" what SHE has spent Tax Payers money on..
She HAS obviously forgotten the Staff she "let go" who have given YEARS of loyal Service to Wiltshire Council..
It would be great if she could Formally Confirm and explain what she means by "1,000 apprentices" ??...
How on earth Jane can say she is "unmoved" by the advice of Eric Pickles shows just how SELF OBSESSED she is......and I thought Eric held a higher Rank than Jane !!??...
If she cannot take advice then she should GO........
Mr Thomson needs to be reminded that the Cuts ARE being made by HIS OWN Political Party .. If he and Jane Scott and Co cared an OUNCE about us Residents and the REAL Staff at the Council, they would be working FOR the People and NOT their Political Party.. If Thomson disagrees with the "Government cuts" then he should **** well TELL them.. As for saying his Council 'dealing with the day to day, we can't get too worried by everything that's said" well...dearie me, forgive me but.... I thought that spending money that was NOT yours to spend IS questionable Money Laundering ? Jane Scott spends far TOO much time "showing people around" what SHE has spent Tax Payers money on.. She HAS obviously forgotten the Staff she "let go" who have given YEARS of loyal Service to Wiltshire Council.. It would be great if she could Formally Confirm and explain what she means by "1,000 apprentices" ??... How on earth Jane can say she is "unmoved" by the advice of Eric Pickles shows just how SELF OBSESSED she is......and I thought Eric held a higher Rank than Jane !!??... If she cannot take advice then she should GO........ brasstacks
  • Score: 6

5:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

For the Record, Wiltshire Times has **** one word I wrote in my Post above.....
I was NOT abusive and the word I used sounds like"dam" and was NOT a 4 letter word as the **** may suggest...

Some of us in Wiltshire DO have decorum and use our "words" wisely.....
For the Record, Wiltshire Times has **** one word I wrote in my Post above..... I was NOT abusive and the word I used sounds like"dam" and was NOT a 4 letter word as the **** may suggest... Some of us in Wiltshire DO have decorum and use our "words" wisely..... brasstacks
  • Score: 2

10:21am Fri 24 Jan 14

MDP says...

"she has done marvellous things and it is a very good council"

I wonder what these 'marvellous things' are that she is supposed to have done, they have passed us all by.

I hope Mr Pickles is kept abreast of all the comments from the good folk of Wiltshire which any mention of the council in the press attract, and appreciates the depth of the contempt in which the top management of WC is held. I know of absolutely no-one who has a good word to say about them.
"she has done marvellous things and it is a very good council" I wonder what these 'marvellous things' are that she is supposed to have done, they have passed us all by. I hope Mr Pickles is kept abreast of all the comments from the good folk of Wiltshire which any mention of the council in the press attract, and appreciates the depth of the contempt in which the top management of WC is held. I know of absolutely no-one who has a good word to say about them. MDP
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Fri 24 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

It is not the top management of Wiltshire Council that are responsible.
Put simply it is Jane Stalin Scott and her cabinet cabal lining their own pockets.
They are using their majority on the council to take money under false pretences they should be prosecuted for fraud.
This paper does not help look how they have buried Dysons ridiculous claims that he will have more people in R&D than British Aerospace.
We are reading the tory version of Pravda. This paper sucks up to Stalin Scott and bullies like Dyson.
Shame on you Wiltshire Gazette & Herald you are a disgrace to journalism.
It is not the top management of Wiltshire Council that are responsible. Put simply it is Jane Stalin Scott and her cabinet cabal lining their own pockets. They are using their majority on the council to take money under false pretences they should be prosecuted for fraud. This paper does not help look how they have buried Dysons ridiculous claims that he will have more people in R&D than British Aerospace. We are reading the tory version of Pravda. This paper sucks up to Stalin Scott and bullies like Dyson. Shame on you Wiltshire Gazette & Herald you are a disgrace to journalism. kimcrawley
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Fcman1 says...

brasstacks wrote:
Mr Thomson needs to be reminded that the Cuts ARE being made by HIS OWN Political Party .. If he and Jane Scott and Co cared an OUNCE about us Residents and the REAL Staff at the Council, they would be working FOR the People and NOT their Political Party.. If Thomson disagrees with the "Government cuts" then he should **** well TELL them.. As for saying his Council 'dealing with the day to day, we can't get too worried by everything that's said" well...dearie me, forgive me but.... I thought that spending money that was NOT yours to spend IS questionable Money Laundering ? Jane Scott spends far TOO much time "showing people around" what SHE has spent Tax Payers money on.. She HAS obviously forgotten the Staff she "let go" who have given YEARS of loyal Service to Wiltshire Council.. It would be great if she could Formally Confirm and explain what she means by "1,000 apprentices" ??... How on earth Jane can say she is "unmoved" by the advice of Eric Pickles shows just how SELF OBSESSED she is......and I thought Eric held a higher Rank than Jane !!??... If she cannot take advice then she should GO........
I totally agree with brasstacks who does this women think she is, hopefully the people of Wiltshire will not be stupid enough to vote her in again. It is time for the conservatives to be removed from the council if this is the way the treat the tax payers of Wiltshire. Hundreds made unemployed, remaining staff have wages frozen and services cut yet this women and her followers feel they can award themselves an increase. She might as well stick two fingers up to all those who have lost their jobs with the council, and upon read her comments to Mr Pickles we can see that she is in fact doing that to all off us . Jane Scott should be removed from office. Wiltshire council hang your heads in shame.
[quote][p][bold]brasstacks[/bold] wrote: Mr Thomson needs to be reminded that the Cuts ARE being made by HIS OWN Political Party .. If he and Jane Scott and Co cared an OUNCE about us Residents and the REAL Staff at the Council, they would be working FOR the People and NOT their Political Party.. If Thomson disagrees with the "Government cuts" then he should **** well TELL them.. As for saying his Council 'dealing with the day to day, we can't get too worried by everything that's said" well...dearie me, forgive me but.... I thought that spending money that was NOT yours to spend IS questionable Money Laundering ? Jane Scott spends far TOO much time "showing people around" what SHE has spent Tax Payers money on.. She HAS obviously forgotten the Staff she "let go" who have given YEARS of loyal Service to Wiltshire Council.. It would be great if she could Formally Confirm and explain what she means by "1,000 apprentices" ??... How on earth Jane can say she is "unmoved" by the advice of Eric Pickles shows just how SELF OBSESSED she is......and I thought Eric held a higher Rank than Jane !!??... If she cannot take advice then she should GO........[/p][/quote]I totally agree with brasstacks who does this women think she is, hopefully the people of Wiltshire will not be stupid enough to vote her in again. It is time for the conservatives to be removed from the council if this is the way the treat the tax payers of Wiltshire. Hundreds made unemployed, remaining staff have wages frozen and services cut yet this women and her followers feel they can award themselves an increase. She might as well stick two fingers up to all those who have lost their jobs with the council, and upon read her comments to Mr Pickles we can see that she is in fact doing that to all off us . Jane Scott should be removed from office. Wiltshire council hang your heads in shame. Fcman1
  • Score: 2

8:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

brandx says...

Whatever one thinks of Eric Pickles, when it comes to understanding politics and the public perception he is no fool. He knows the immense damage that the Wiltshire Leadership Cabal is doing to the Conservative Party nationally and locally.

That is why he told them to give their massive increases back, especially when ordinary people are suffering. And what does the Leader of the Council do and say?

"I do wish people wouldn't keep raising this matter. It is my money and I am keeping it.

Well, at least we now know there are ten Wiltshire councilloirsw prepared to stand up to the cabal. I just hope more of them have the guts to do so. We have a right to know who votes which way on 4th Febhruary. The list should be published and people should remember it.

There is still time to sign the petition.
Whatever one thinks of Eric Pickles, when it comes to understanding politics and the public perception he is no fool. He knows the immense damage that the Wiltshire Leadership Cabal is doing to the Conservative Party nationally and locally. That is why he told them to give their massive increases back, especially when ordinary people are suffering. And what does the Leader of the Council do and say? "I do wish people wouldn't keep raising this matter. It is my money and I am keeping it. Well, at least we now know there are ten Wiltshire councilloirsw prepared to stand up to the cabal. I just hope more of them have the guts to do so. We have a right to know who votes which way on 4th Febhruary. The list should be published and people should remember it. There is still time to sign the petition. brandx
  • Score: 2

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