Independents protest against Wiltshire Council’s allowances increase

Wiltshire Times: Independent councillors Ernie Clark, Terry Chivers, Helen and Jeff Osborn call for Wiltshire Council to rescind the expenses increase Independent councillors Ernie Clark, Terry Chivers, Helen and Jeff Osborn call for Wiltshire Council to rescind the expenses increase

Four of Wiltshire’s independent councillors took to the steps of County Hall today to protest against Wiltshire Council’s controversial allowances increase.

The council’s decision in November to increase allowances for all councillors, which sees council leader Jane Scott’s personal allowance increase by 36.5 per cent to £52,227, has been widely criticised by several independents, who joined other councillors to call for the decision to be reviewed.

An extraordinary meeting will now take place next Tuesday, where they hope the decision will be overturned.

Melksham Without councillor Terry Chivers said: “I would encourage as many people to come along on the day, and we urge as many people as possible to write to their local councillor to let them know how they feel about this.

“I think we are offering them a way out. It’s not only the Conservatives who could suffer at the next election; it’s anyone who voted for this.”

Trowbridge Grove councillor Jeff Osborn said: “The Conservatives leading the council have done quite a lot and have some good achievements, but when you talk to people all that was wasted when they grabbed the money.

“Our motion is to go back to what it was before and not to have any increase for a year.

“I would say to Jane Scott this is your choice to make peace with the people of Wiltshire.”

The other councillors to have signed the motion include independents Helen Osborn and Ernie Clark, Labour councillors John Walsh, Ricky Rogers and Ian Tomes, and Liberal Democrats Trevor Carbin, Ian West and Brian Dalton.

The meeting will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday in Trowbridge.

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4:27pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Room101 says...

Misleading headline, not all independents are against this. Some voted for it. Why not publish the list of who voted for it and who didn't.
Misleading headline, not all independents are against this. Some voted for it. Why not publish the list of who voted for it and who didn't. Room101

5:38pm Mon 27 Jan 14

moocherx says...

Well, they look a happy bunch.
Well, they look a happy bunch. moocherx

7:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

the optimist says...

Room101 wrote:
Misleading headline, not all independents are against this. Some voted for it. Why not publish the list of who voted for it and who didn't.
I also asked for the names of those who abstain as these would be the councillors who haven't the bottle to stand up and be counted?

Is there any reason why this story is repeated at regular intervals? I do wonder if it is to keep the number of comments to a minimum suggesting that there is no real interest in the debate?
[quote][p][bold]Room101[/bold] wrote: Misleading headline, not all independents are against this. Some voted for it. Why not publish the list of who voted for it and who didn't.[/p][/quote]I also asked for the names of those who abstain as these would be the councillors who haven't the bottle to stand up and be counted? Is there any reason why this story is repeated at regular intervals? I do wonder if it is to keep the number of comments to a minimum suggesting that there is no real interest in the debate? the optimist

9:37am Tue 28 Jan 14

kimcrawley says...

Perceptive observation from 'the optimist, I think that there is an active policy employed in order to manage which article tops the list of most commented.
We end up with a situation whereby bullies like Dyson and incompetents like Stalin-Scott et al are able to avoid being top of that list, thus creating the impression that the majority of people tacitly approve their actions.
Which is demonstrably not the case.
Perceptive observation from 'the optimist, I think that there is an active policy employed in order to manage which article tops the list of most commented. We end up with a situation whereby bullies like Dyson and incompetents like Stalin-Scott et al are able to avoid being top of that list, thus creating the impression that the majority of people tacitly approve their actions. Which is demonstrably not the case. kimcrawley

10:45am Tue 28 Jan 14

brandx says...

I see the trade unions at County Hall are to lobby the Council meeting on 4th February. The meeting will try to get councillors to scrap the massive increases for the Leader and Cabinet, The question is whether sufficient Tories have the back bone to think of ordinary people and not slavishly follow the Cabal.

The unions also strongly make the point that staff morale at County Hall is at rock bottrom. This is absolutely contrary to the Leader and her spin doctors repeatedly saying that staff morale is great.

Who would you believe?

Make sure everyone signs the petition.
I see the trade unions at County Hall are to lobby the Council meeting on 4th February. The meeting will try to get councillors to scrap the massive increases for the Leader and Cabinet, The question is whether sufficient Tories have the back bone to think of ordinary people and not slavishly follow the Cabal. The unions also strongly make the point that staff morale at County Hall is at rock bottrom. This is absolutely contrary to the Leader and her spin doctors repeatedly saying that staff morale is great. Who would you believe? Make sure everyone signs the petition. brandx

5:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

shed says...

kimcrawley wrote:
Perceptive observation from 'the optimist, I think that there is an active policy employed in order to manage which article tops the list of most commented.
We end up with a situation whereby bullies like Dyson and incompetents like Stalin-Scott et al are able to avoid being top of that list, thus creating the impression that the majority of people tacitly approve their actions.
Which is demonstrably not the case.
Spot on.

It has been obvious to me all along that there has been manipulation of the comments all along, as soon as an article attracts a lot of attention it is archived and replaced at the top of the most commented list with something trivial.

Either someone in the editorial office is leaned on or has undue sympathy with Jane Scott and cronies.

They have constantly refused to put this issue on the front pages.
It really does look as if someone is trying hard to bury comment.
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: Perceptive observation from 'the optimist, I think that there is an active policy employed in order to manage which article tops the list of most commented. We end up with a situation whereby bullies like Dyson and incompetents like Stalin-Scott et al are able to avoid being top of that list, thus creating the impression that the majority of people tacitly approve their actions. Which is demonstrably not the case.[/p][/quote]Spot on. It has been obvious to me all along that there has been manipulation of the comments all along, as soon as an article attracts a lot of attention it is archived and replaced at the top of the most commented list with something trivial. Either someone in the editorial office is leaned on or has undue sympathy with Jane Scott and cronies. They have constantly refused to put this issue on the front pages. It really does look as if someone is trying hard to bury comment. shed

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