Council Raises Fees By More Than Inflation To Cover Salary Rises

town hall flowersScilly appears to have it’s own inflation rate.

Officially the cost of goods and services nationally rose by 1.3% last year.

But at Tuesday’s Policy and Resources Committee, councillors voted to increase the authority’s own fees and charges by an average of 2.2%. That’s the amount that salaries increased in the Council last year.

The rise will cover most fees, from leisure activities to street trader licences.

Cllr Richard McCarthy, who proposed the change, said the pay rise “wasn’t something the Council had done unilaterally.”

He said it was imposed on them by the Local Government Association and applied across the country.

He added they’d be “shooting themselves in the foot” if they only increased fees by the national inflation rate.

Richard also proposed rounding up, or down, the fees where possible to make them easier for the general public to understand.

Committee Chairman Gaz O’Neill said the changes were “logical” and he’d be “surprised if anybody has a problem with it.”

Earlier this month, in the Licensing meeting, where a similar increase was proposed, Cllr Christine Savill questioned the wisdom of linking fees to salary rises in the Council.

She said staff hadn’t had a salary increase at all in the past three years yet fees had still gone up in each of those years.

20 Responses to Council Raises Fees By More Than Inflation To Cover Salary Rises

  1. LINDY March 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I suggest that everyone that has posted a comment on this subject should, pick a time and place over a pint or two invite the public to come along. Would make for an interesting evening.

  2. Todd Stevens February 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    In a nut shell.
    Heath- Labour. Dogged by socialist industrial action. Economic Disaster.

    Wilson- Labour. Collapse of the £ and had a humiliating bail out. Economic Disaster.

    Callaghan- Labour. Winter of discontent. Utter economic disaster.

    Maggie- Tory Boom and bust but fought a war (which almost bankrupted us)

    Major- Tory. Very bland but turned things back around and gave a growing economy to…

    Blair- Labour He perpetuated the good economy then busted it. Lied over Iraq.

    Brown- Labour. Economic disaster.

    Cameron- Tory. Economy- back on track.

    You cant trust labour with the economy. The NHS has never been privatized- nor will it ever be as that would be political suicide. Its a Socialist myth

    • Stuart Moore March 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Sorry Todd, but the NHS is ALREADY being privatised by stealth.
      Take Treliske for example, the ancillary workers, eg: porters, cooks, cleaners, maintenance staff etc, all the people who work in the background to make a hospital function have been TUPE’d over to Mitie, a private company, who have (I believe) already cut wages, staff and all the usual corners a private company cuts.

      The Tory party will continue to privatise the NHS bit by bit, so Daily Mail readers don’t notice, until one day, when its to late, the whole ‘service’ will have been transferred to the private health care sector.

      Remember the Tory party take large donations from American private health care companies, and why do you think that is; something in return perhaps?

      And so on.
      The Tory party are nothing more than the political wing of big business
      They do not have your interests at heart.

      • Clare Voyant March 3, 2015 at 9:00 am

        But we all know socialism doesn’t and never has worked as you don’t create market forces in which to operate. Socialism increases costs and destroys economies. I would have thought that saving money as you keep pointing out with Mundesley would have been top of your list.

        • Oh Yeh! March 3, 2015 at 3:06 pm

          But we all know that capitalism doesn’t work as market forces are a fiction. They either operate like IoSSCo as a monopoly or develop into a nice cartel like on the buses with Stagecoach, First Bus etc all having their own patch and woe betide any new boy trying to muscle in there. Apart from the odd intermittent spat (usually supermarkets and few ever go bust) to hoodwink politicians and the gullible, ‘market forces’ are largely a utopian fairytale peddled by those who control all the dosh.

          • Clare Voyant March 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

            Not sure what you are trying to say here as the examples you’ve provided proves capitalism works and therefore not fiction! You may not like the service they provide but these companies are profitable.

      • Todd Stevens March 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

        All i see are socialist myths created in order for labour to claim the NHS as its sole domain. Guardian? Social investigations blog? “We must protect it from those naughty tories!” Oh do give over – Labour have been saying this rubbish for years and guess what – it still hasn’t happened. Change the record Please Stu. (and read something else) : )

      • Chuckles March 13, 2015 at 11:29 pm

        Here you are Stu – something for you to think about!


        Two Different Versions … Two Different Morals


        The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
        The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
        Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
        The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
        Be responsible for yourself


        The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house
        and laying up supplies for the winter.
        The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
        Come winter, the shivering grasshopper
        calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be
        allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving..
        The BBC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
        Britain is stunned by the sharp contrast.
        How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
        Kermit the Frog appears on News Night with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green …’
        Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film a group from the Labour Party singing, We shall overcome.
        Then Archbishop Welby has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants.
        Ed Milliband condemns the ant and blames David Cameron, George Osborne and Margaret Thatcher, John Major et al and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.
        Polly Toynbee and Vanessa Redgrave exclaim in an interview on BBC News that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

        Finally the EU intervenes and drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
        The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the EU Green Czar and given to the grasshopper .The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again. The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighbourhood. The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

        MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote.
        I’ve sent this to you because I believe that you are an ant not a grasshopper! Make sure that you pass this on to other ants. Don’t bother sending it on to any grasshoppers because they wouldn’t understand it, anyway.

    • yetanoth March 2, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Heath Tory!

      • Adam Morton, St.Martins March 3, 2015 at 9:14 am

        Stuart, do you not work for a big business?

  3. Jeff Eastick February 27, 2015 at 10:27 am

    And this is the same Gordon Brown who sold off the bulk our gold reserves as a short term fix when Chancellor at a fraction of their true worth.

  4. DGN February 27, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Fortunately Gordon Brown is not managing the Scilly Council! Sadly, neither it appears is the CEO…..or the councillors, who seem to have totally lost the plot about most issues I read about in Scilly Today on-line.

  5. Stuart Moore February 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    In fact just type
    “The tories have created more debt than labour”
    into Google and then take your pick, I rather like this one myself

  6. Stuart Moore February 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    No Todd, you can blame the neoliberal agenda of the Tory party and their American cousins who de-regulated the banking industry that created the financial crisis. The crisis would have happen regardless of who was in government at the time.
    If you think Labour were bad then you should know that George Osborne has created more new debt since 2010 than every labour government in history combined.

    And this is from the Spectator, which is hardly a left wing rag.
    So I don’t know what your point has to do with our council, but they have had their funding cut by central government, that would be the Tory government, not the Labour government. But the day to day costs of providing care in the community, or running the school and the fire brigade, or keeping the airport open, keep rising, so what other option do the council have but to put council tax up, if we want a sewer system that works, or a legal waste management system, etc etc then we the tax payer, have to pay for it.
    And you think our council tax is high, try living on the mainland, then you’ll know what council tax is all about.
    I believe that the council are doing their best in difficult circumstances, besides I don’t mind paying the extra £10 if it mean keeping the lights on.

    • Tory Boy February 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

      interesting Stuart – The Thatcher government started it in 1979, however, they put in controls about debt liquidity ratios meaning that a bank couldn’t release more than 35% of its tier 1 and tier 2 core liquid assets, the Labour Party in 1993 revoked that. The bigger problem came when Labour came to power and Tony Blair and Gordon Brown said to the banks – you know what – we want to appeal to middle class voters and appear to know what we’re doing with the economy so we’ll let the banks use as much of their capital reserves as they think is fit. So it was down to the greedy banks helped by the Labour Party who as you know screwed everyone in company pension schemes to fund the spongers in the country.
      So please get your facts right before knocking the Tory party.

      • John Allwhite February 27, 2015 at 11:54 am

        Labour were not in power in 1993 – it was the financial ‘wizard’ John Major

        • Tory Boy February 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm

          Sorry ting error 1997 when Labour came in and did the damage

      • Stuart Moore February 27, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        I think you’ll find that allowing the banks to use as much of their (imaginary) capital as they like was a result of the repeal of an American banking act called the Glass-Steagall act
        The Glass-Steagall divide between commercial banks (that take deposits) and investment banks (that take big risks) was incrementally removed in the UK and US during the late 1980s and 90s when Thatcher and Major were Prime ministers.
        Financial markets have lurched from crisis to crisis ever since. No other single act did more, in fact, to cause “sub-prime”, and transform it from a banking crisis into a broader fiscal and economic crisis too.

        I’m not sure which act your on about, but the act of allowing banks to not have the capital to back their loans was created under Tory governments.
        I will grant you that the Labour government of 1997 onwards should have put back in place safeguards removed by the Tory governments, but how do you suppose the hostile right wing press would have reacted? “Labour Government puts brakes on banking sector” or some such similar lie.
        Oddly Enough Tony Blair was really a Tory and promised to continue Tory party spending policy’s for the first two years of his government, so again it was Tory policy that lead to the financial crisis.

        This is quite a good article about it from the Torygraph, so you should feel at home.

        So there we go, I’ve got my facts right and shall continue to bash the nasty NHS privatising party as long as there is breath in my body.
        Finally don’t believe everything you read in the daily mail, in fact don’t believe anything you read in the daily mail, it just panders to stupid peoples prejudices, instead, question everything.

        • yetanoth February 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm

          Even you, Nobby? Surely not!

  7. Todd Stevens February 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Of course theres been no salary increases- 1. Have we not just been told how the council is failing in every department? Who rewards failure? 2. Errr Labour Government left the country in a terrible financial state for the tories to repair- so you can blame Gordon Brown.