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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL EXPENDITURE REVEALED
 

Star date: 1st February 2011 

WOW!!!  IN ONE MONTH SALFORD COUNCIL SPENT…

ALMOST £150,000 ON CONSULTANTS! ALMOST £10,000 ON FIREWORKS! OVER £2500 ON FLOWERS! OVER £30,000 ON HOTELS!
OVER £120,000 ON THE LOWRY! OVER £20,000 ON OPINION SURVEYS!
ALMOST £250,000 ON DEMOLITIONS!

Today for the first time Salford Council has had to disclose all its spending over £500. And there's 83 pages of it. Every company, every consultant and every cent over £500.

Here we pick out the juiciest bits and try to make sense of the finance overload…


PAYBACK TIME!!!

New regulations have forced Salford Council, in line with every other council in the country, to disclose all its monthly spending over £500. The historic first month to be disclosed is December 2010.

While a lot of the information is `redacted personal data' there's enough on the 83 sheets to give a pretty good snapshot of Council spending…

First up, what price our opinions? Salford Council spent £20,750 in December with pollsters Ipsos Mori North to gauge our thoughts. Maybe our thoughts might be that we'd rather save someone's Council job with that money? The same could possibly be said for the Council's £21,331 worth of `subscription' to something called Manchester Knowledge Capital.

There's some very strange payments, like a £3000 grant to Serfilco International from the Chief Exec's department. The only `Serfilco International' we can find is a `multi-national manufacturer of a wide range of filtration and liquid handling products'. Do they need a £3000 grant from the people of Salford? Very strange.

The Labour Group get £557 for some reason, and £2770 gets paid to the Cornish King Bulb Growers – can't all these Salford In Bloom groups grow their own flowers, rather than importing them from the other side of the country?

What else? £9,400 got paid to Star Fireworks to go up in smoke, and Stealth Recruitment got £9253 to presumably advertise a job. 

Meanwhile, Salford Council spent lots on hotels over the four weeks  - Wharfside Hotels Ltd, otherwise known as The Copthorne Hotel on the Quays, was paid £29,307, and the Hazeldean Hotel in Kersal was paid £3255. Maybe so many rooms were booked to stuff with the multitude of consultants who continue to plague the city.

It's impossible to get an accurate figure of the real number of consultants employed, and their exact payments because the column that records the spending classifies Consultants and Contractors together, plus many of the names under these headings are `didacted'. But, by ticking the ones that have `consultant' in their title or `associates', and by a bit of research on the net, we estimate that around 25 consultants or consultancy companies got just under  £150,000 over the four weeks recorded.

These are the people who are supposed to save the Council money and make them more efficient, like Marsh Publish Service Solutions which picked up £23,078 in December alone.

The Lowry got over £100,000 in `professional fees', over £7,500 in marketing fees, and over £10,000 hiring its facilities to the Council, making a December total of £121,266.

Meanwhile, Salford Council continues to throw money at an organisation called People's Voice (that will be the one that never criticises the Council). In December this organisation got paid £11,006, or £14,363 if a double entry on the sheets wasn't a double entry. People's Voice is, incredibly, still getting funding on top of £240,000 public money it's already had over the three years to March 2010 - £194,493 of it from the Council via the NDC (see here).

One thing that never stops in Salford is the bulldozing of the city. And December saw a total of £246,391 paid to an array of companies under the classification of `demolition'.

But one of the biggest payment for December seems to be a total of £404,250.51p to the tax payer's friend, the Royal Bank of Scotland. Christmas bonus anyone?

If you've got a few days with nowt to do you can see all 83 sheets and every Salford City Council payment over £500 for December by clicking here…

 

 

 

Wilbur wrote
at 14:24:38 on 04 May 2011
Why are the clowncil wasting ouir money on consultants ? What has happened to the grossly overpaid executive turds we are told this dump of a city cannot function without .Surely if the clowncil need to squander our money on consultants , the executive turds cannot justify the obscene salaries and perks WE pay them . No wonder they scuttle about like headless chickens , as Scary Spicer did at a recent Demo .Time WE sacked all these turds , and rid ourselves of all local clowncils.
 
james adenough of being conned wrote
at 21:28:52 on 10 March 2011
As a council worker fed up with the lack of leadership from scary spicer and co you may wish to know that Marsh public service solutions who got £23k is Chris Marsh a former coleague and spin doctor of scary spicer from their days at Knowsley. He is adept at spin doctoring and knows how to trousers the ratepayers money!
 
john wrote
at 19:23:02 on 09 February 2011
i know you read these comments mr merry so could you please resign and take the rest of the wasters with you salford and its people can genuinly not afford to be associated with such waste. times are very hard for the majority of salford residents . but looking at some of these figure it does not seem that you have noticed so please join the real world and stop wasting salford council tax payers hard earned cash
 
JOHN D wrote
at 13:16:14 on 02 February 2011
during my term of office, i made a point of not claiming ANYTHING other than the basic councillor's allowance,not even that which i could have claimed perfectly legitimately.I feel quite modest by comparison to the figures published above.
 
Red Dave wrote
at 13:14:31 on 02 February 2011
What a corrupt gang of wasters this council are - just like all the others. Wake up People of Salford.Time to storm the town hall and lynch these parasites from the nearest lamposts . We need Revolution.
 
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