WIZARD OF OZ: Why are Fenland council tax payers facing a hike?

PUBLISHED: 11:31 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 02 June 2010

I WAS interested to read the front page article of last week s paper titled: Wizard of Oz: Hi-tech magic beams in council finance chief from Australia. It is good that Mat Taylor, Fenland Council s finance chief, was able to brief councillors and officers

I WAS interested to read the front page article of last week's paper titled: Wizard of Oz: Hi-tech magic beams in council finance chief from Australia.

It is good that Mat Taylor, Fenland Council's finance chief, was able to brief councillors and officers via a web link - 10,000 miles away in South Australia.

Whilst Mr Taylor is right in accepting that Britain faces the 'worst economic situation for decades', I do not agree that Fenland Council's finances are in 'surprisingly good health'.

If they were, council tax payers in Fenland would not be facing a hike.

Fenland Council employs many highly paid social science graduates in non-jobs such as Arts Liaison Officers, and Community Out-Reach Workers.

These non-jobs should go in order that Fenland Council can cut substantially the level of council tax being imposed on the hard-pressed council tax payers of Fenland.

If Peterborough City Council can reduce its 6,000 strong workforce by 400, then Fenland Council can cut its bloated workforce of 750 by at least 50.

So, I call on Mr Taylor, from his home in Adelaide, Australia, tell Fenland Council to cut out the non-jobs from the council payroll.

JOHN SMITHEE

Kingsley Avenue

Wisbech


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