Letter: Silly Season as the Council dusts off the begging bowls

Date published: 12 September 2017

Dear Editor,

Once again we are in the silly season as the Council dusts off the begging bowls and bangs them hard whilst pleading poverty.

Joking aside, how can the Leader, Councillor Farnell, dare to say we need to lose more services and roll out the metaphors such as cutting to the bone when in the past few years of austerity we have seen the Leader and other councillors award themselves obscene pay rises, along side Council Executives pay packets rivalling the Prime Minister of the UK?

Not to mention the creation of more made-up jobs for the boys in the past few years.

Time and time again we see so called consultations and 'tick-box' exercises get glossed over and passed straight into action with the most vulnerable suffering.

When, on the flip side, we see the same people dictating the cuts awarding themselves pay rises, subsided food, etc and promoting themselves only.

Yet other Local Authorities are surviving and flourishing and still maintain key core services, adapting to make the most of the little money is available.

There is something very wrong going on in the corridors of power at One Riverside.

How much more can Councillor Farnell's council inflict on us and proverbally sticking two fingers up at us whilst spinning everything and doing the exact opposite of what austerity means.

Disgusting and immoral,


Lawrence Glendinning

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