HM Inspector gives initial position on the Grantham Area Action Plan

On 15th February, I attended an exploration meeting with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, who was outlining their initial opinion on the Grantham Area Action Plan (GAAP) as submitted by South Kesteven District Council (SKDC). I had received notice that this meeting was going to be held through a local councillor, and then subsequently found the published article on the SKDC website, and when I arrived there were quite a few people in attendance, including the team from South Kesteven that had drawn up the plan. The purpose of this meeting was for the HM Inspector to outline their opinion on the GAAP, and advise … Continue reading HM Inspector gives initial position on the Grantham Area Action Plan

Is SKDC a byword for scrutiny?

Chairman of South Kesteven District Council, Cllr. Mike Cook, this week tried to dismiss genuine questions over the openness and accountability of the council as saying the machinery is already there.  Since the district elections the Labour Group on the council has been doing stirring work not only for their wards but also for the council as a whole, by laying down motions and asking questions of the people who lead the council.  However, what they have consistently faced is an overwhelming apathy on behalf of the Conservative Party towards providing true accountability to the people of the district.  In … Continue reading Is SKDC a byword for scrutiny?

Lincolnshire County Council is splashing the cash

Last week saw the revelation that Lincolnshire County Council had splashed out £22,000 for taxis to ferry three students to college. £22,000! A figure that the Taxpayers Alliance calls “not value for taxpayer’s money”. Not exactly a strong condemnation but at least a rebuke. This figure equates to £125 per day for a 100 mile round trip. To defend this spend, Cllr. Patricia Bradwell said that because they live in a rural community they “don’t have a good system of buses”. This is the responsibility of herself and her council colleagues to ensure that the rural communities are connected. There is … Continue reading Lincolnshire County Council is splashing the cash

Executive bonuses and a cap on benefits. Two sides of the same coin?

I have been struck by the debate raging about two topics that everyone seems to have an opinion on. The bonuses being paid to big banks chief executives by what is essentially a private company, and the money paid to benefit claimants by the government. There have been calls for the amount of benefits that one claimant can claim should be capped to £26,000 p/a. There have been similar claims to cap the level of bonus paid to high-flying executives and bankers. However, both of these issues boil down to a fairly simplistic argument. Do these individuals deserve the money they … Continue reading Executive bonuses and a cap on benefits. Two sides of the same coin?