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SALFORD COUNCIL EXPENDITURE BLACKOUT
 

Star date: 4th May 2011

SALFORD COUNCIL DOESN'T REVEAL EXPENDITURE OVER £500

From December last year, like all councils in England, Salford City Council was duty bound by the Government to publish every penny of spending over £500 each month.

Salford Council did produce the figures for December 2010 and January 2011 but since then there's been nothing. What's going on?

Full story here…


From December 2010 new regulations were introduced forcing all councils to disclose all spending over £500 and to whom the payments were made.

While Salford Council complied for the December and January months, there has been nothing published on its website for the following two months, February and March.

December's spending revealed that Salford Council had spent almost £150,000 on consultants, almost £10,000 on fireworks, over £2500 on flowers, over £30,000 on hotels, over £120,000 at The Lowry, over £20,000 on opinion surveys and almost £250,000 on demolishing the city (see here for full details).

January's figures revealed the Council handed Peel Media over £500,000, and gave a grant of over £84,000 to Sodexo, a giant multi-national which claims revenues of 15.3billion euros (see here for full details).

While millions of pounds worth of spending was not revealed, or `redacted' (new speak for `we're not telling you'), the figures did give a good idea of Council spending that was normally hidden from public view. There was a glimmer of accountability. But for two months there's been nothing (see here).

What can the reason be? Nothing to do with the Local Elections, of course!

 

 

 


 

don drapert wrote
at 17:34:25 on 05 May 2011
That is why instead of less cuts I want more! so that these prolifgate quasi thieves will not be able to waste OUR MONEY,if the cuts are insubstantial they will be able to juggle the accounts, if we cut to the bone it will then be a stark choice between cuts in care and self congratulatory flowers fireworks and junkets. Ultimately the council even this one will have to spend the money on care.
 
Brian f kirkham wrote
at 22:02:13 on 04 May 2011
Ok boys and girls - time to get serious. Can you get anybody from the councils management to come forward to explain these obscure payments to Multi-million pound turnover companies? Why, for example what services are we getting from Sodexho (a catering & support services company) that can't be sourced cheaply elsewhere? Do they use a better salad cream in their packed lunches ?! :). Another Question goes to peel - and its on the same lines, given they are flogging the mediacity development and making a pretty penny for it - whats the need for £500,000 - what's it for and (more importantly) why?
 
I B Wilson wrote
at 14:22:52 on 04 May 2011
NO WONDER COUNCIL TAX IS AT A GROSSLY EXCESSIVE , OBSCENE LEVEL .BY THE TIME I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE INEPT , WASTER , CLOWNCIL COFFERS , I HAVE 18 POUND LEFT FOR FOOD .BASTARDS.
 
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