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SALFORD COUNCIL EXPENDITURE HORROR
 

Star date: 18th August 2011

SALFORD COUNCIL'S PRE-CUTS HANDOUTS - Coffee, PR and, er, Conflict Management…

In March, the last month before the cuts came into force, Salford Council spent almost £70,000 on Marketing and Publicity; £8,500 on Public Opinion Surveys; £57,406 on Miller Homes, which is yet to build a house in Charlestown; £25,000 on the now folded Central Salford URC; and over £3000 on a coffee consultancy.

Salford Council also gave a grant of over £7000 to the Centre For Good Relations which specialises in showing councils how to "manage conflict"…

Full story here…


Salford Council has finally revealed (see here for background) its expenditure over £500 for March this year, the last month before the cuts started to bite. And what a month it was…

£3,366 was spent with the Your Coffee Consultant company in Manchester which promises "a bespoke consultation service…We work with you for the best solutions for your hot beverage service"…

Meanwhile, a grant of £7,362 was given to the Centre For Good Relations, which has been running workshops with council officials on `civic diplomacy'…"raising awareness of how issues become conflicted, and how positive actions to address disputes and conflicts are part of the repertoire of interventions available at local level". In light of recent events in Salford maybe they should go back to the drawing board…

The now folded `Beautiful, vibrant etc' Central Salford URC (see here) got a final pay off of £25,000 for consultancy/contract work, although most of the staff have been transferred to Salford Council. And Miller Homes, which was supposed to start work on actually building some houses in Charlestown ages ago, got £57,406 in `external fees' and `consultancy'.

On the fabulous `giving Salford's community a voice' front, the Manc run People's Voice (Who? See here) received more handouts totalling £14,628.
And the Salford based Salford City Radio got £15,207, while the Leeds based Radiowaves project got £16,450.

External Marketing and PR was still a huge Salford Council spend, despite having an in-house marketing and PR department and Life magazine… Twelve external companies picked up over £66,000 between them, including £19,343 spent by Children's Services with MEN Media, presumably on advertising.

Over at Salford Quays the funding continued to flow…The Lowry got £6000 for rent, on top of £90,777 in `professional fees; the Digital World Centre, home of Salford URC received two payments of £1,242 for `car park/rent'…

…And the Ear To The Ground (ETTG) company which specialises in `live events strategies' has done, er, a live events strategy for MediaCityUK. If this is what Salford Council commissioned ETTG to do, the payments totalling a whopping £88,540 seem very odd because Peel Media, which owns the site, is claiming ETTG as its own partner.

Media City spokesman Paul Newman publicly announced that "Ear To The Ground's track record in implementing and delivering major events and live communication strategies throughout Europe makes them the ideal partner to map out and explore the event potential of MediaCityUK…" We do hope this isn't Salford tax payers subsidising Peel Holdings…

Peel Media, meanwhile, got three ghost payments in March for Capital Grants. The expenditure grids, strangely, don't show how much they were for – there's just a load of #### signs.

It was the same for Countryside Properties which received two ghost loans in March worth some more #### signs...

And finally, Ipsos Mori got yet another payment, this time for £8,476 - for its ongoing opinion polls on the popularity of Salford Council…

See Council Expenditure for February click here

See Council Expenditure for January click here

See Council Expenditure for Dec 2010 click here

Click here to see full list of Salford Council expenditure over £500 for March
 

Image by Jorge El Capiduck

Bunty Harding wrote
at 15:48:44 on 21 August 2011
Perhaps , and only if the lunatics at swinton asylum are not too busy ' enjoying hot beverage services ' and ' managing conflict ' , they might possibly find a few minutes in their idle working day to consider the disgraceful mess they have made of salford . This lot should be sweeping the streets wearing orange overalls ..
 
Bernard Jaggers wrote
at 18:11:49 on 20 August 2011
So it's been party time at the Swinton Madhouse , yet again .Our money tossed about like confetti , but we won't benefit .Money , money , money , who do you trust ? Certainly not this bunch of inept goons . Time this lot all resigned , left a note pinned to a door saying ' No money left . Will the last person to leave this dump salford pass the keys to Peel Holdings ' . You just couldn't make it up .
 
Davey Boy wrote
at 22:58:35 on 19 August 2011
You people make me puke .Reams and reams of posts condemning the riots, but no comments against the legal extortion that is council tax . No commenta about the way the arrogant clowncil bunglers waste our money . Our extorted money , from which we never benefit . Council tax , the biggest rip-off ever in this rip-off dead society . Remember , the meek will inherit nothing .
 
Reading between the lines wrote
at 11:18:32 on 19 August 2011
That "coffee consultancy" looks like it is actually the company that supplies the coffee machines. You probably should have checked the website a bit closer before picking a quote to make a story from nothing.
 
UoS wrote
at 17:33:10 on 18 August 2011
Do not Councillors realise the inherent immorality in using funding raised through taxation (under pain of criminal prosecution) for activity that nobody has given democratic consent for? Or do they realise this and simply not care?
 
D.Savage wrote
at 17:33:04 on 18 August 2011
This latest wastage and squander from the Idiot Squad at Swinetown Circus once again illustrates why all local councils must be abolished . These inept bunglers are devoid of any business acumen , the town council runs the city like a monopoly game , only the money wasted on dim ' projects ' and cosy business relationships is complete and utter squandering of council tax payers extorted money . This lot should be sacked for gross incompetence , they are incapable of running a tap . Useless , inept , waster , arrogant , parasitic bastards .
 
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