It is clearly evident that government has been pouring our money away in a totally unacceptable way and that a major review of how government at all levels spends our money on the people involved in government is needed.
I think it important to maintain credibility at a local level that Kent county councillors, Thanet district councillors and parish councillors should publish their expenses and that the council’s websites should set up areas where this will be done.
Next there is the matter of civil servants, looking at various government accounts it would appear that extra notice is taken of those whose total remuneration exceeds £50,000 per annum.
I believe that breakdowns of their pay and expenses should also be published, the sums here can be fairly large and certainly on Thanet District Council’s website they are displayed in a way that appears rather vague for such large sums of money.
Looking at their accounts for 2006/07 it says that one employee received combined pay and expenses of between £170,000 and £180,000 there is no more detail than that.
This is more money than the amount that Mr MacKay, the MP for Bracknell in Berkshire has just resigned over claiming.
I also believe that where civil servants receive more than £50,000 per year their qualifications should be published and where those qualifications don’t justify their income steps should be taken to reduce it.