Stranglehold on city is to blame
THE treatment of the disabled and elderly people in Stoke-on-Trent is a health hazard created by consecutive councils over many years.
Unfortunately, the people who worked for the private sector have had nothing compared to the council employees, due to the Labour stranglehold of the city keeping it a poorly-paid area
The local council employees have the advantage of 12 months' sick pay (reduced to six months the following year) and additional holidays classed as nine sick days, only taken when there was nothing to do, I believe.
If their benefits were reduced to the same as the elderly infirm and sick and private sector, there would a be massive savings of taxpayers' squandered funds and endless overtime payments for not working.
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Equally if the poll tax was brought back (which has always been a fairer tax, as each genuine working person would pay his share) in the case of six working members in a family, only one set of tax is being paid, with the benefit given to the five other members free.
How the bus pass figures are put together can only be on an ad-hoc basis, as there is presently no distinction between a fare payer or a pensioner when they pay at the stop.
It's time for the council to have transparency to the tax payer.
Why spend £40 million pounds on a new building when they have already have one?
Their practice is to hit frontline services instead of the bloated overstaffing in Stoke city centre.
Hanley really is just a big car park, restricting the trade to the shops. Build a wall around it, fill it with concrete and paint it green, for what good it is. Festival Park takes most of the trade and it's free parking.
So is Tesco, unless we have an attendant watching the time spent on there.
On every council bill should be the following: "Warning – Stoke-on-Trent Council is a danger to your health."
This is not a comment, it's a fact. Don't blame Westminster.