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SALFORD COUNCIL GIVES ANOTHER £100,000 TO PEEL HOLDINGS
 

Star date: 3rd October 2012

SALFORD COUNCIL'S £100,000 TO PEEL HOLDINGS – AND £80,000 CUT TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

In just five months of this year Salford Council handed over £100,000 to mega bucks company Peel Holdings, while announcing cuts of £80,000 to mental health services in the city.

The money was given to the owners of MediaCityUK for `professional fees', `service tenancies', `hire of facilities' and `rents', although Salford Council won't answer Salford Star questions about the detail of the payments.

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Between January and May this year, Salford Council paid £102,672 to Peel Holdings, owners of MediaCityUK, in fees and rents. The Council has repeatedly declined to answer Salford Star questions about what the payments were actually for.

Peel received £2,800 for `professional fees'; £96,512 for `service tenancies' and £3,360 for `rents' and `hire of facilities'. When Salford Star questioned the Council last year over £1,500 of public money spent on rent in June at MediaCityUK, we were told that the amounts were for offices and that "the payments have now stopped" (see here).

As part of Salford Council's cuts programme it has been trying to save money by closing its publicly owned buildings and squashing staff into the Civic Centre. These rent, hire and service tenancy payments to a private company totalling almost £100,000 will come as an embarrassment to the cash-strapped Council.

Meanwhile, the payments are sure to anger service users, carers and trade unionists campaigning against £80,000 cuts to Mental Health Services in the city (see here).

Tonight, Wednesday 3rd October, the campaigners will be lobbying the surgery of Councillor Peter Connor, Assistant Mayor with responsibility for Adult Services (see here). Maybe he could explain the huge payments to the richest company in the North West, owned by tax exile John Whittaker, the 29th richest man in the UK.

Winston Smith wrote
at 22:34:47 on 04 October 2012
Vince and Dave: I think we're all clever enough to know that councils don't get everything for free, the point is that this particular council's dealings with the likes of Peel (and big supermarkets) often seem to be a bit on the opaque side. Add to this the fact that their ideas about about money and management are from Planet X, it's a good job someone around here is pointing out the connection between all this and them closing down drop-in centres and other services.
 
Dave Lister wrote
at 16:44:57 on 04 October 2012
@Vince Wow...I think this is the first time I have seen a sensible comment on here. I was taken aback.
 
Vince wrote
at 09:55:54 on 04 October 2012
So you're unhappy that the Council has to pay rent like everyone else? Or do you think that Media City was built without bank finance, i.e. loans that have to be serviced?
 
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