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Thursday, 19 March 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Piggy Pendry's Pay

Remember when we covered the story on Lord Pendry receiving Wimbledon Tickets from Imperial Tobacco? We thought it conflicted with the statements that smoking was unacceptable from the high profile sporting bodies which Lord Pendry declared on his register of interests which he holds senior positions for.

One body which the former shadow sports minister declared working for was Tameside Sports Trust which is run by Tameside MBC. The Mafia can exclusively reveal that the Piggy Peer is paid £10,000 per year from council tax payers coffers for attending one meeting, once a month lasting one hour. This is equivalent to £833 per hour before tax.

If Pendry was to have a full time job doing the standard 37.5 hours a week then he would earn £1,624,350.00 a year. This is more than what the "disgraced" Sir Fred Goodwin earned at the Royal Bank of Scotland who took home a reported £1.29m basic salary.

Nice work if you can get it...

Supporting documents:
*FoI Request
*Offer Letter

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Tameside Works First: Tameside Jobs for Tameside Workers?

Tameside folk may have come across the numerous propaganda being propagated in the borough over Tameside Council's "Tameside Works First" initiative - a £12m "crunch-busting" package aimed at aiding local businesses in the borough with the council adding:

"Tameside companies and contractors will be used wherever possible."
However the Mafia can reveal that this is actually illegal. Under EU laws, the "Public Contracts Regulations 2006" prevents local government exclusively selecting local businesses for public sector contracts with the online legal website out-law.com summarising:
"The law is designed to open up the EU's public procurement market to competition, to prevent "buy national" policies and to promote the free movement of goods and services."
The council has already decided to follow this through with the contract regarding a new eco-friendly £400,000 furnace at Dukinfield Crematorium being given to a company in Hyde rather than a German company with Councillor Kieran Quinn, Cabinet Deputy for Economic Services admitting:
"This contract was a forerunner to Tameside Works First, it demonstrates how we are planning to support local business. We will be looking to replicate it time and again.

"It's good to know that a Tameside firm has been engaged and that there will be Tameside people working on the project."
So Tameside Council is following protectionist policies and not letting any outside business in. It has an air of British Jobs for British Workers or in this case it's Tameside Jobs for Tameside Workers!