It is a little ironic that our MP, Mark Simmonds, representing probably one of the lowest wage-earning areas in the country, is reputedly one of those claiming the most expenses!
On top of his basic salary of more than £65,000, he has just claimed in excess of £173,000 in expenses; almost £64,000 more than he claimed two years ago.
It does seem a substantial amount of money to claim – just over £3,300 per week – and one has to query what on earth this covered. In fact, the amount claimed is almost three times his weekly salary!
At a time when benefits and services are being cut – and goodness knows this area seems to have more than its fair share of claimants – it cannot seem fair to some that our representative in London is doing quite nicely thank you.
And you can fully understand the feeling that we are not ‘all in it’ together!
l So I move on to our ‘leader’ and his recent comments about how the council are doing more with reduced funds. They are continuing to maintain services (toilets in the Market Place?), and improve them, at a lower cost than many others. Oh, and they haven’t increased council tax lately.
I’ve said before that most people would not object to a small rise if they were to get better services. It’s too late for the Assembly Rooms, sold at a pittance because successive councils over the years haven’t felt it necessary to keep the building maintained as it should have been.
If we carry on like this in the future how many more buildings will we see disappear because of cost cutting? Or more likely because they haven’t been maintained properly?