Thursday, 21 July 2011

Victory!! BBC report curbs at gravy train Merseytravel Lib Dem campaign

Read all about it................................

The BBC report reads:

Merseytravel is the authority which co-ordinates public transport across Merseyside.
It is the only local authority in the country where councillors still set their own allowances.
Not only that but councillors claim multiple allowances depending on how many committees they sit on, rather than one overall payment.
Professor Jon Tonge, head of politics at Liverpool University, says that's unique: "You or I might like that in our jobs, but it just isn't the reality in any other walk of life."
The Liberal Democrats are running a concerted campaign to reduce what they consider to be a blatant milking of the system.
In June we reported on how Merseytravel voted to increase their allowances a little more.
A new post was created of deputy chair of the women's forum, paying out a further £3,688.
It means there are a total of 35 posts. Thirty one of those are shared between 13 Labour Councillors.......................................................................................................

The chairman, Labour Cllr Mark Dowd, claimed £47,665 in allowances last year. That's for chairing several different committees.

That excludes his Sefton allowances or his Merseytravel expenses =which it is rumoured are not insignificant

The Sefton Labour Party used procedural devices to block Sefton Council debating the chaos at Merseytravel.Let us be clear for years the old (tribal ) Labour  Chair of Merseytravel Councillor Mark Dowd has behaved in the most outrageous an inappropriate way. (Sadly for a significant part of the time his administration was propped up by the Tories-)

Now we need to get to grips with the big issues and the big money. The tram fiasco and Dowd's disastrous debacle over the £1.5 campaign to run the rail and rollingstock.

More to follow

Should Dowd repay his mega allowance

Should Merseytravel abandon their U turn over the vertical integration and accept the responsibility of  the running rail and trains which they spent £!.5million campaigning for only to refuse to do it when RMT Union boss Bob Crowe objected-a reversal that was carried out against officer advice and without any papers or research to back up the U turn?
Watch this space!

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