Sunday, October 15, 2006

Recent Bonfires- 35

Bizarre spectacle at Havering Council

In the news this week:

EU regulations cost Britain £120bn pa- "The EU's Competitiveness Commissioner Gunther Verheugen is complaining yet again that the excessive weight of EU regulation, compared with the USA, is costing the EU's economies €600 billion a year. Actually, the figure is not €600 billion but £600 billion. And it does not take long to calculate Britain's share of this as £120 billion, putting the cost of excessive EU regulation to the UK economy at £4,000 per second. Anyone wishing to dispute this should remember that it comes from the European Commission. So it must be true." (Christopher Booker in Sunday Telegraph 15.10.06)

Tackling NHS overspending costs an extra £20m- "The Department of Health has forced deficit-hit hospitals to pay out at least £10.6 million to financial consultants in the past two years to sort out their problems. The fees for the consultants are added to the already existing deficits, further jeopardising frontline care... On top of the hospitals’ own consultants bills, the department has spent £11 million on tackling the deficits, bringing the total cost of dealing with the crisis to more than £20 million. This is four times as much as the Government admitted in June, when it said that the bill was £5 million." (Times 11.10.06)

£10,000 chasing sheep impersonator- "Council bosses have spent £10,000 in a bid to establish who baaed like a sheep during a planning meeting. Havering council has forked out the sum over the last 12 months on a 300-page report into the bizarre incident. But the chief suspect is no longer a councillor and therefore cannot be punished. A council insider said today: "This is absolute madness. We've wasted a load of money and a lot of time on a councillor who baaed like a sheep - and we've got absolutely nowhere." (Evening Standard 14.10.06)

£90,000 pa for two pupil school- "A local authority is spending more than £90,000 a year to keep a school open that has just two pupils. Cross Inn Primary School, near Aberaeron, west Wales, was one of five Ceredigion Council planned to close this summer. Four of those schools were shut but Cross Inn Primary school, which had six pupils in January, remains open after parents of two girls refused to send them elsewhere for their education.... Councillor Emlyn Thomas “When you have to consider cutting other services, every penny needs to be accounted for. We can’t possibly keep paying to teach these two kids at £45,000 a piece when the average spend is £3,000 a pupil. It’s just not on.” The council plans to enter a period of consultation later this year with a view to closing the school but if one person objects, the matter will be referred to the Welsh Assembly." (icWales 11.10.06)

Total waste for week- £120,020,100,000.

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