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I'm trying to work out how my council, St Helens, could afford a couple of years ago to buy a whole new fleet of recycling trucks along with all the stuff for us householders to put our recycling in (black box, blue bag, pink bag) but apparently they can't afford to clean the streets or the grids and they're laying off most of the park rangers YET they have consistently increased the council tax by the maximum under the government cap each year and are doing so again this year.  And I'm convinced St Helens Council must be the biggest whingers about the cuts in the country.  Everything is the fault of the cuts.  They even pay the local paper for a wraparound advert about how everything is the fault of the cuts (and those nasty Tories even though the government has been a coalition for the last five years). 

 

Oh, and all the councillors got brand new IPads this year.

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I'm trying to work out how my council, St Helens, could afford a couple of years ago to buy a whole new fleet of recycling trucks along with all the stuff for us householders to put our recycling in (black box, blue bag, pink bag) but apparently they can't afford to clean the streets or the grids and they're laying off most of the park rangers YET they have consistently increased the council tax by the maximum under the government cap each year and are doing so again this year.  And I'm convinced St Helens Council must be the biggest whingers about the cuts in the country.  Everything is the fault of the cuts.  They even pay the local paper for a wraparound advert about how everything is the fault of the cuts (and those nasty Tories even though the government has been a coalition for the last five years). 

 

Oh, and all the councillors got brand new IPads this year.

Love posts like this,theyre so true.

Millions of pounds spent on a shed load of brand new white vans with wigan council emblazened across em just driving round wasting diesel trying to brainwash people.

The next step theyve moved on to is to start to take down street signs and replace them with wigan council court of arms on them.

We really need to get from under there foot

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I'm trying to work out how my council, St Helens, could afford a couple of years ago to buy a whole new fleet of recycling trucks along with all the stuff for us householders to put our recycling in (black box, blue bag, pink bag) but apparently they can't afford to clean the streets or the grids and they're laying off most of the park rangers

 

1. Local Authorities in the UK:

- have to pay over £100 per tonne in tax and disposal fee for biodegradable wastes sent for landfill disposal. Therefore it has a considerable incentive to recycle and recover as big a proportion as possible. 80% of that cost is the Landfill Tax levied by the UK government.

- are set waste recovery and recycling targets by central government. If they don't meet those targets, they get financially penalised by way of a decreased grant support. It's a constant game between the authorities and the government as to what can be classed as recycling, recovery etc.

 

Hence, all authorities spend a fortune on waste segregation-at-source and separate collection schemes. They don't really have any choice.

 

2. Currently, thousands of tonnes of West Yorkshire's residual domestic waste is shredded, screened and sent to the continent as a fuel for power stations. We are effectively paying the Scandinavian countries and Germany to produce their electricity. Naturally, the Environment Agency doesn't allow UK power stations to accept this waste for the same purpose ... quoting European legislation that doesn't seem to be so strictly followed by our European partners.

 

 

Meanwhile, there is a shortfall in UK electricity supply so we are buying some in from France. Our own coal-fuelled power stations  are under pressure because of emission controls. China and India ignore those control limits and open dozens of low-controlled new power stations every  year. The UK energy Minister, Ed Davey, knows nothing about energy; he's a public-school-and-Oxford-educated LibDem barrister. He has reportedly said that any future LibDem coalition government will ban electricity generated from coal by 2025.

We've only got 400 years' worth still in the ground.

 

 

 

It is the politics and economics of the madhouse.


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Love posts like this,theyre so true.

Millions of pounds spent on a shed load of brand new white vans with wigan council emblazened across em just driving round wasting diesel trying to brainwash people.

The next step theyve moved on to is to start to take down street signs and replace them with wigan council court of arms on them.

We really need to get from under there foot

 

I know what you mean about wasteful councils. Last year our council decided what we really needed was to impose a 20mph speed limit on all but but main arterial routes. Where I live, in Formby, this is all but 5 main roads. To "enforce" this  they erected 20mph sign posts on ALL other roads, even though some are tiny - you would need a rocket powered vehicle to achieve more than 20mph in their length. This cost us, the council tax payer £50k for Formby alone. A complete waste of effort and money as these limits are completely ignored as there is no police presence to enforce them.

 

However, the new vehicles you take issue with most likely are saving the council money. They will almost certainly be leased, therefore taking their value off balance sheet. New vehicles are more efficient therefore cheaper to tax and run, more reliable therefore reducing maintenance costs, and will come with a warranty covering repairs and service included. This also means the council no longer needs a vehicle service department and additional spare vehicles to cover in the case of breakdowns or loss of time due to old, clapped out vehicles being out of service due to being repaired. This is the model followed by the vast majority of private companies who are not renowned for chucking money about unnecessarily. 


"it is a well known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it."

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Yeah. But apparently you didn't.

Well actually......


"Freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice, socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality" - Mikhail Bakunin

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