Peterthewatcher

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  • in reply to: Council Budget error!!! #139819

    Peterthewatcher
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    Rob glad to see that you have had clarification on this particular issue. The combined budget lines for Corporate do not seem proportionate to the whole budget – the amount going into central services shows a disproportionate spend compared with frontline services.

    As the £6,57m for Fure is the same as last year — has the Council not taken into account any inflation on this figure or is it that Fire has been able to manage their funds without needing an increase.

    http://www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk/news/2017/3/north-wales-fire-and-rescue-authority-decision-on-future-financial-strategy/

    in reply to: Council Budget #139785

    Peterthewatcher
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    There is still a fundamental issue over the Communities First programme before people think the funding should have continued or the Council bail it out — was it value for money, how many of the families that were supported when these schemes first started about 10 years ago are still totally dependent on support- there are certainly large numbers of families that should have been supported but they have not broken their cycle of unemployment, drugs, poor health etc as highlighted in the WG report about why the scheme needed to stop.

    There have been lots of staff who have made a good living out of this scheme and self-preservation of their own position has been the highest on the agenda and not the support of families.

    in reply to: Council Budget error!!! #139746

    Peterthewatcher
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    In the spirit of openness when I submit my invoice to the Council for 10% of the savings I have identified in the budget I will keep 50% and share the other between Wrexham.com for confirming the figures and charities who are always having money taken from them by the Council.

    My 10% will, of course, be fully in line with the astronomical fees that PWC charged the Council for finding cuts that even lay people like me could identify.

    I do not accept that there is only an error on one of the lines — looking at the chart overall there are some other anomalies that may appear if Rob – Wrexham.com presses hard enough to find the actuals against the heading that are on the pie chart.

    Another interesting one is Fire Levy — is this an insurance policy against all Council Buildings or what else is it covering??

    in reply to: Council Budget #139073

    Peterthewatcher
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    Matt
    I was not advocating taking food from children just that if parents are dropping children off to go to work then they should pay for the childcare.

    There needs to be some real consideration about how the Council cost all of their services and give consideration if the private or community sector can still provide good quality services at a cheaper cost. At present the Council operates on a 29% plus pension contribution for all staff = 8/9% for current staff and 21% to feed pension deficits – surely other providers would deliver more for less and still provide quality provision. There is no difference in the way a private sector care home is inspected compared with a Local Authority.


    Peterthewatcher
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    How Independent is an Independent when the Leaders of the two Independent Groups in Wrexham have been in discussion with the Independent candidates to try and get them to join THEIR Group of Independents to form a Group which then means the Independents will be able to act together and yes get the better paid jobs on the Executive and Committee Chairs rather than acting independently they will have a group of Independents who no longer are permitted to think independently because the Leader of their Independent Group will make sure that they tow the ‘party’ line.

    in reply to: Plaid hypocrites #130648

    Peterthewatcher
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    Will any party actually join protests against their political ‘masters’ in Cardiff. Will Labour controlled Local Government really protest against those in Cardiff who hold the purse strings?

    in reply to: What is this World, [no, country] coming too! #130647

    Peterthewatcher
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    The scary thing is that there is a moron still out there in possession of a gun. A horse has been killed what will be there next target? Lets hope the Police catch them asap


    Peterthewatcher
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    I had one of these cards through the post as well which is interesting as my employment has ceased with the Council so the circulation may be to ex employees as well. It is rediculous if the Council have spent a single penny of ratepayers funding in estblishing this scheme.
    I agree with Council Warcher this is a kick in the teeth for local indendent shops as they are highly unlikley to be able to afford ti adveretsie through these tryppes of scheme.
    Hope Wrexham.com make more enqiries on this issue and people like Nigel Lewis who set up Wrexham Savers has a view as well.

    in reply to: Funding for Splash Magic #120518

    Peterthewatcher
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    Andrew was in the Labour Group that voted to keep Plas Madoc – the other half od the Party led by Neil Rogers (10 of them) left the Labour Party and joined the Independent Coalition.

    in reply to: Ian Lucas and vote of no confidence #119847

    Peterthewatcher
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    Lets see if the Local Labour Party acrfoss the ountry who have supported Jeremy Corbyn now have the ‘bottle’ to deselect thier current MPs if they voted to get rid of Corbyn. It is bound to happen in some of the more militant areas – not sure you could call Labour in Wrexham militant when they can only get 30 peole to Ian Lucas meeting and less than 100 for Owen Smith..
    Bith Ian Lucas and Susasn Ellen Jines may have thri cards marked and have a very short time left as an MP!

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