To set the scene here, Councillor Fraser posted the following very short item on her blog recently:
In 2013, Wirral Council paid out £5,166,001 in ‘severance payments’ to departing directors and staff, PLUS a further £107,000 in ‘compensation’ packages.
When the town hall are telling us, almost on a daily basis, that there is no money, perhaps this goes some way to explaining why. I’ve emailed and requested a breakdown of the amount spent on ’compensation’ packages, which is after all, our money, so I think we’re entitled to know.
I commented, asking for some more detail and a link (if she had it) but this comment hasn’t yet been approved.
I reblogged her post to give it a wider airing, and added a copy of my own comment.
Nearly a week later, having had no response, it’s time to ask a couple of pertinent questions. Here’s an open email, dated today, to Councillor Fraser which has also been copied to her email address.
Dear Councillor Fraser,
Please see the above link to an item in the Wirral Globe.
I would never party politicise an issue like this, but readers should be aware that you as a Conservative councillor can’t hope to get to the bottom of this, unless you are also seen to publicly question your own leader on:
- his involvement in sanctioning at least 834 compromise agreements when he was in power
- whether he was involved in any more that remain hidden
He did after all sit mute about these LONG AFTER he’d stepped down as council leader. Only when they’d been exposed by this blog and appeared in the Wirral Globe did he come up with his public statement.
Q. What does that tell us?
A. We probably would never have been told about it.
I’d hope that the criticism you’ve outlined in your blog on this issue is not selective and that it cuts across all parties and their proven involvement in what many of us see as squandering public money – to greater or lesser degrees. The public recognise and abhor this conduct without fear or favour. We do not approach it with an eye on points scoring or political opportunism. But do you?
Let’s hope that the Labour party don’t come up with the same excuses as Jeff Green. Because if they do, then the public interest is not being acknowledged, valued or served, and we as the public are merely reduced to useful pawns in you people’s wasteful posturing and cynical propagandising.
I quote from your post:
“I’ve emailed and requested a breakdown of the amount spent on ’compensation’ packages, which is after all, our money, so I think we’re entitled to know.”
Flowing from this is the question, “Did Councillor Jeff Green, former leader, think we were entitled to know, as he sat on his hands?”
This email is being sent on behalf of my mother who is a Wallasey constituent of yours. We are both extremely concerned.
Please acknowledge these concerns and reply,