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SALFORD COUNCIL EXPENDITURE BLACKOUT CONTINUED
 

Star date: 19th July 2011 

RESIDENTS DENIED COUNCIL TRANSPARENCY

From December 2010, in the interests of the "government's and the city council's commitment to be open and transparent about its financial affairs", Salford Council was supposed to list all its expenditure over £500 and all contracts it entered into.

However, since then only three months worth of data has ever been published on the Salford Council website – and nothing at all since February this year!

A commitment to be "open and transparent"?

Click here for more details…


Reading the Council's "commitment to be open and transparent" is enough to make any Salford resident weep with the democracy of it all. It states clearly on Salford Council's website…

"The city council will be providing supplier payment and procurement details on a monthly basis from January 2011. Publication of these lists forms part of the government's and the city council's commitment to be open and transparent about its financial affairs for all interested parties, including residents of the city.

"The downloadable reports provided below list all payments to suppliers over £500 and there is also information on contracts let by the city council's corporate procurement unit…"

Yet, since the financial data published for February this year there's been absolutely nothing. No details at all about any expenditure over £500. Nothing about contracts that the Council has entered into. Just nothing. Zero.

Why could this be? Could it be because the last set of financial data for February showed thousands of pounds going to consultants, ex Salford Council officers and marketing companies with no explanation at all ? (see here).

Or the list of expenditure for January which showed over £500,000 going to Peel Holdings, a grant of over £84,000 going to the multi-billion euro turnover company Sodexo and over £1million of `redacted' payments to companies? (see here)

Or the original December 2010 list which showed hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on consultants, over £30,000 on hotels and over £20,000 on opinion surveys? (see here)

No financial has been published "in the city council's commitment to be open and transparent about its financial affairs for all interested parties, including residents of the city".

So who do you complain to? The Government, currently up to its neck with its hacking and corruption scandal? Salford City Council, perhaps? In yer dreams!

See previous Salford Star article on expenditure blackout click here

 


 

Gerry Mannering wrote
at 08:24:48 on 04 August 2011
Residents denied council transparancy .A democratic council ?This is not democracy . Everything local councils do must be open to scrutiny. Unless they have things to hide .This needs independent investigation .
 
Kev of Little Hulton wrote
at 11:26:39 on 24 July 2011
Some people really do have to stop reading the tory press and realise that council workers do an honest days work - I know because I have worked with them for years previously. I now work in the private sector doing the same job, where I get paid a bit more about 5% a car every 3 years, a better pension, helthcare for all the family and a bonus of between 8&10% each year
 
D Boyes wrote
at 17:11:34 on 22 July 2011
Overworked staff ??? At a COUNCIL ??? Council employees have never done a decent days work in their lives . Not one of them would last five minutes in the private sector , thats why the private sector wont employ them . Overworked council staff ??? Best laugh i've had in years , and surely this comment is meant as a joke ?
 
SalfordHeart wrote
at 22:28:32 on 21 July 2011
Probably a case of best intentions but overworked staff. Seriously though, the Council needs to buck it's ideas up and start using that money on the true supportive long term aims for the whole city.
 
Ed wrote
at 08:47:43 on 21 July 2011
There is probably a simple explanation for this, like the councils Webmaster has been laid of due to Council cut backs?
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 21:13:24 on 19 July 2011
I shouldn't worry people. If the money hasn't been spent on the over-exuberance of our elected few, it'll probably have found it's way into the hands of people behind the big projects that the civic is so proud about and lauds over...lowry/MIF (Abramovic), Urban Vision, Peel, Quays Development Media City and all. The figures will be there, only it'll be in last years (or perhaps next years) expenditure. Ask urban vision for example - how long does it take to fill in a hole, or a crack in the pavement? As I write, the work proceeding on a side street by the quays consists of three of those plastic barrier things (in lovely magenta! (UGH!)) I suppose the contractors got a full days pay for that?
 
joe oneill wrote
at 21:11:45 on 19 July 2011
Steve don't be daft can't you imagine waht the list looks like? 1, PEEL PAID OUT 2. PEEL PAID OUT 3. PEEL PAID OUT ETC ETC ETC.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 14:50:55 on 19 July 2011
Steve who do we make a formal complaint too. Do we know if other councils across the country are open with their spending. If the goverment are saying one thing and Salford council are doing the other,then they must be questioned as to why. But nothing new there. We are back to the MUSHROOMS, otherwise known as RESIDENTS OF SALFORD.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 14:50:47 on 19 July 2011
Does this really surprise anybody? It really does make one wonder what they are trying to hide. Ineptitude or something worse? And before the threats about liable start to be thrown around I make no accusations. Just mulling over the facts.
 
Alan Sedgewicke wrote
at 11:48:55 on 19 July 2011
This is NOT democracy .What are the inept clowncil goons hiding ? They are clearly worried , and rightly so . This clowncil need investigating .
 
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