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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Another Mucky Minister: James Purnell's Pigsty

James Purnell, the Labour MP for Stalybridge & Hyde and Work and Pensions Secretary has been in the press this morning after an exclusive from the Sunday Express. Pictures reveal that Purnell lived like a pig in his £1,820 a month London apartment he rented despite claiming £100 a month in cleaning and £586 in repairs totaling £1636 as part of his MP's second home allowance.


Pictures from James Purnell's London apartment

James racked up a £5,000 bill in damages whilst living at the apartment. The property management company in charge of the apartment are holding Purnell's £2,520 deposit. According to the Sunday Express, he still owes £1,523.12.

James Purnell's constituency "home" in Broadbottom isn't much better either. Purnell bought the home in 2001 for £50,000. However locals tell the mafia he is never there and it looks a mess. So where does Purnell live when he is on constituency business? Well we are told he stays at another shithole - the Raddison in Manchester Piccadilly.

This comes weeks after it was revealed that James Purnell claimed £400 a month in food expenses on the tax payer. He eats like a pig and now we know he lives like one.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Purnell Troughs £400 a Month on Food Expenses


James Purnell has come under fire today for claiming £400 a month on food expenses. It is believed that the information has come about as more receipts are leaked to the press. The Daily Star also claims the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Stalybridge and Hyde MP claims for his council tax and utility bills. The receipts are to be released to the public in June.

It really does smack of hypocrisy that it was James Purnell who recently admitted on the Sunday Politics Show that £60 a week Job Seekers Allowance wasn't enough to live on, but those with families could earn up to £400 a week with tax credits (see video above) to pay for cost of living expenses such as food, rent and utility bills etc. Yet he claims £400 a month on food alone.

Under rules set out by the house of commons, MPs don't have to submit receipts for groceries, but they are able to claim up to £400 a month under the second home allowance. According to the Daily Star, James Purnell tried to claim £475 a month on his groceries, but this was rejected.

The question is, if a family can live off the state for £400 a month, then why can't an MP?

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Tameside Council Fat Cats: Named and Shamed

The Tax Payers Alliance has released its annual "town hall rich list" for 2009. The report includes the list of staff that earn more than £100,000 per year for 2007-2008 totalling £2,275,000. The council have "Refused to release some names and exact details of salary or breakdown of remuneration, total remuneration provided in bands".

Looking at Tameside's list of fat cats provided by the TPA; we can tell you that this does NOT include additional benefits such as pensions. For your convenience, we have posted the list below:

Name: ?
Title: Assistant Chief Executive Borough Treasurer
Salary 2006-2007: £105,000
Salary 2007-2008: No Data
Increase: N/A

Name: Colin McKinless
Title: Executive Director, Social Care & Health
Salary 2006-2007: £105,000
Salary 2007-2008: No Data
Increase: N/A

Name: Janet Callendar
Title: Chief Executive
Salary 2006-2007: £155,000
Salary 2007-2008: £165,000
Increase: 6.5%

Name: Ian Smith (now Jim Taylor)
Title: Executive Director, Services for Children and Young People
Salary 2006-2007: £125,000
Salary 2007-2008: £125,000
Increase: 0%

Name: Erika Wenzel
Title: Executive Director, Sustainable Communities
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £115,000
Increase: N/A

Name: James Taylor
Title: Assistant Executive Director, Education
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £115,000
Increase: N/A

Name: ?
Title: Executive Director, Economy and Environment
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £115,000
Increase: N/A

Name: Steven Pleasant
Title: Assistant Chief Executive / Executive Support
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £115,000
Increase: N/A

Name: Cheryl Eastwood
Title: Assistant Executive Director, Children's Services
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £105,000
Increase: N/A

Name: Mirriam Lawton
Title: Assistant Chief Executive, People and Performance
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £105,000
Increase: N/A

Name: Stephanie Butterworth
Title: Director, Adults Social Care & Health
Salary 2006-2007: No Data
Salary 2007-2008: £105,000
Increase: N/A

You can find a current list of Tameside's executive team here. As there has been a shift of positions and with people leaving, we will update this page in due course to reflect this data.