FLOYD PATERSON: LABOUR’S ‘JOBS FOR THE BOYS’ CABINET IS COSTING TAMESIDE £326,000-A-YEAR
As Labour continues to refuse to apologise, or acknowledge the financial mess they left the country in, Denton Conservatives have highlighted the ‘jobs for the boys’ system that has been created in the higher echelons of the controlling Labour Group on Tameside Council.
Twenty-one members of the Labour Group now hold a cabinet position of one variety or another, after it was enlarged last May, which will cost Tameside council taxpayers approximately £326,000 in 2010/11 – an increase of almost £95,000 since 2003/04.
In a direct response to comments made by Labour councillor, Dawson Lane, Denton West’s Conservative spokesman, Floyd Paterson, said:
“Councillor Dawson Lane claims Tameside Council are going to lose £100 million and states that Tameside Council can’t, ‘…make up the differences with so-called efficiencies’.
“Cllr Lane also states that he is Tameside’s ‘assistant executive member for sports and leisure’.
“This is a role that was created last May in an enlarged Labour cabinet system that now includes 12 cabinet members and nine assistant executive members. This means that almost half the entire Labour group of 47 members now have paid cabinet positions of one grandiose type or another.”
“The growing cost of Labour’s ‘jobs for the boys’ cabinet system is clear to see. In 2003/04, Labour’s cabinet cost Tameside’s taxpayers £232,180 in ‘special responsibility allowances’. In 2010/11 it is expected to cost £326,859 – a staggering increase of £94,679 (or 41 per cent) in just seven years.
“Cllr. Lane has done well out of the system. His wife, Cllr. Jackie Lane, is also an assistant executive member.
“So, before Cllr. Lane bleats about supposed ‘cuts’ maybe he should be thankful for his place in Labour’s system of political patronage. Or better still, he should do the decent thing by putting frontline services before his own pay packet and demanding an end to Tameside Labour’s ‘jobs for the boys’ system.”