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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL EXPENDITURE OVER £500
 

Star date: 18th October 2011

SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDING: PART ONE APRIL 2011

ORCHESTRA…HOTEL…CAR PARK…CRICKET AND CONSULTANTS!

The month after Salford City Council had announced over £40million of cuts for services to the city's most vulnerable people, it spent over £14,000 from its Community, Health and Social Care budget on `subsistence' at the posh De Vere Hotels chain. The figure is revealed in Salford Council figures for April's expenditure over £500. And other spending doesn't make pretty reading either…

See here for full details…


Figures released for Salford Council's expenditure over £500 for April 2011 show that there was no let up in the employment of outside consultants, marketing and PR companies plus some other strange stuff, despite £40million of cuts announced the month before.

Most strange, perhaps, is the Council's £14,000 spending from its Community, Health and Social Care budget on `subsistence' somewhere within the posh De Vere Hotels chain. We know there's loads of homeless people in Salford but they certainly weren't re-located to one of the De Vere `Villages' dotted around Greater Manchester? So what was it – a jolly, a junket? A `bonding' exercise?

Meanwhile, Lancashire Cricket Board was paid £12,660 as a  `consultancy/contractor' fee from the city's Community, Health and Social Care budget. For this amount, we can only find a three week Wicket Keeping Development Course last February, based at Wentworth High School.

Salford Council Leader, John Merry, is known to be a keen cricket fan and it must delight him that Salford is developing its catching prowess. It must also thrill Mr Merry that Manchester City Centre is grabbing so much publicity, as he sits on the board of CityCo, the Manc marketing company with its vision "to make Manchester city centre a more dynamic, exciting and interesting place…and to continue to strengthen the brand and reputation of the city". CityCo received a `subscription' of £36,000 in April, courtesy of Salford council tax payers. And Salford doesn't even warrant a mention on its website.

Mr Merry also sits on the board of the Halle Orchestra which received £4,200 in `professional fees' from the Children's budget. This is ok – but people might well ask what hell the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra is doing to earn its £20million sponsorship from Salford Council.

And those shoppers who feel mugged and robbed every time they park their car on Salford Precinct at £1.50 a go will be delighted, we're sure, to discover that, in April, local tax payers coughed up £1,242 (and 56p!) for Salford Council car park permits at the posh Digital World Centre on Salford Quays.

While we're on the Quays, in April The Lowry picked up a whopping £185,417 in `professional fees' courtesy of the Community, Health and Social Care budget, plus a rental fee of £6,001 from the Chief Executive's budget.

Also on the Quays, Ear To The Ground, the `live events strategies' company picked up £24,695 in `professional fees' in April, to go with its payment of £88,540 the previous month. And we still can't work out what the hell they do – apart from being Peel Holdings' partner in MediaCityUK.

For the February expenditure figures we questioned why The White Room `creative economy consultants' had received £25,801 (see here). And its MD commented indignantly that the fee was for shaping `the concept, partnership and business plan' of the Make Media Centre that was to be `an integral part of MediaCity. A part that is explicitly for the communities in Salford'…

Hmmm – that was money well spent. The concept is as dead as a dodo at the moment. And in April The White Room Consultancy picked up a further £16,130 from the Council's Children's budget, plus another £17,382 from the Chief Executive budget as a `consultant/contractor'.

On the `giving the community a voice' (as long as it's not critical of Salford Council, eh?) front, People's Voice got its regular Salford Council handouts – this time £3,252 in `professional fees' and £3,428 for `marketing'. And that ace Salford community company, er, Old Trafford News, received £4,440 in `training expenses'. They were joined by M44 Ltd, which received £2,400 in `professional fees'. M44 Ltd is a `local business directory' for Irlam and Cadishead with a website that's last `news' item, lifted from another publication, was way back in June (see here).

And there's more… The Pathways cic (`developing customer insight and market segmentation to enable commissioners to factor in attitudinal, psychographic and demographic information to the services they commission') consultancy fee of £51,280 – and the £242,000 in `agency fees' for Comensura (`procurement and supply chain management solutions')…amongst lots of other payments.

Salford Council cuts are certainly biting hard – in some places…

For full details of Salford Council April expenditure over £500 click here

More to follow…

 

Thirsty? wrote
at 14:27:50 on 11 November 2011
I have looked at this myself what baffles me are the payments to Coca-Cola for provisions these are under Enviroment and community safety, who's drinking all the pop because the amounts show a lot is being drunk.
 
Steve Middleton wrote
at 22:14:24 on 18 October 2011
I'm up for it Mary!
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 15:39:45 on 18 October 2011
Question is anyone out there willing to come with me to the next full council and ask at public question time a few questions on one or two of these spends. We need to let them (idiots at the council ) 10 days before who and what the questions will be. We need to do this in writing. So it is now over to you, I'M up for it,just need 2/3 more SALFORD FOLK to ask what the hell this lot are doing with OUR MONEY.
 
dave - ex-labour forever , all traitors wrote
at 15:39:40 on 18 October 2011
DISGRACEFUL SQUANDER . JUST WHO DO THIS ARROGANT CLOUNCIL THINK THEY ARE ? IT IS TIME TO STORM THE CLOWN HALL BASTILLE , DRAG THESE CLOUNCIL BASTARDS AND THEIR OBSCENE-SALARIED ' EXECUTIVE ' BULLSHITTERS , OUT INTO THE REAL WORLD TO FACE THE WRATH OF THOSE WHOSE MONEY THEY SQUANDER . THEN MASS LYNCHINGS ARE IN ORDER . BASTARDS , ALL OF THEM .
 
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