Taxpayers deserve explanation for absence of Somerset County Council CEO Sheila Wheeler

Somerset County Gazette: Sheila Wheeler. Sheila Wheeler.

TAXPAYERS should be told why a council chief who earns more than the Prime Minister has been off work for nearly two months, it was claimed this week.

Somerset County Council chief executive Sheila Wheeler has not been seen in her office since late November – but staff at County Hall, Taunton, have not been told why she is away.

An initial statement said she was on “sick leave” and the council would not comment on “speculation”, but a spokesman this week said: “Sheila Wheeler is not in the office at this time.”

Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne has called on the Conservative leadership for an explanation.

He said: “She’s a highly-paid member of staff and it’s only right that local tax payers are getting value for this money.

“As well as the financial questions, there are also serious political issues that arise.

“The county council is making controversial cuts and isn’t showing enough leadership on issues like the development of Taunton, while at the same time being rudderless at the top.

“Residents deserve some answers and need this situation to be sorted out.”

Mrs Wheeler, who was appointed in 2009, has a salary of £160,000 – compared to £142,500 earned by David Cameron - meaning she has been paid over £20,000 during her absence.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance is calling on the council to “come clean” on why she has not been at work for so long.

Chief executive Jonathan Isaby said: “The council need to come clean on why its chief executive isn’t at her post.

“Taxpayers foot a huge bill for Sheila Wheeler’s salary – it’s not fair on them or her for so many questions to remain about this sorry state of affairs.

“It’s vital the case is dealt with swiftly and fairly to ensure taxpayers’ money isn’t squandered paying a six-figure salary for someone not at their desk.”

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1:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

The chief executive of Somerset County Council is on sick leave following what is understood to be a crisis in her working relationship with the leader of the Conservative-control
led council, Councillor John Osman.

Sheila Wheeler has been on leave for more than a week, and lawyers for both sides are understood to be involved. Mrs Wheeler's remuneration for 2012-2013 is listed as £160,000 in salary, with an employer pension contribution of £21,600.

A spokesman for the council said yesterday: "We are unable to comment on speculation. At the current time the chief officer is on sick leave and we wish her a speedy recovery."

The Daily Press was unable to contact Mrs Wheeler last night, and Liberal Democrat councillor Sam Crabb, leader of the opposition, declined to comment.

Mrs Wheeler was appointed in 2009, following the retirement of the previous chief executive, Alan Jones. His six year term at the helm had included clashes with former deputy leader of the then Liberal Democrat-run council, Paul Buchanan.

Mr Jones retired after the Conservatives won control, acknowledging that new leader Ken Maddock should be able to choose his own chief executive.

Along with other councils the new administration began a series of major spending cuts which it said were unavoidable, but which were condemned by opponents as far too deep. Mr Osman took over as leader from Mr Maddock in May last year.
The chief executive of Somerset County Council is on sick leave following what is understood to be a crisis in her working relationship with the leader of the Conservative-control led council, Councillor John Osman. Sheila Wheeler has been on leave for more than a week, and lawyers for both sides are understood to be involved. Mrs Wheeler's remuneration for 2012-2013 is listed as £160,000 in salary, with an employer pension contribution of £21,600. A spokesman for the council said yesterday: "We are unable to comment on speculation. At the current time the chief officer is on sick leave and we wish her a speedy recovery." The Daily Press was unable to contact Mrs Wheeler last night, and Liberal Democrat councillor Sam Crabb, leader of the opposition, declined to comment. Mrs Wheeler was appointed in 2009, following the retirement of the previous chief executive, Alan Jones. His six year term at the helm had included clashes with former deputy leader of the then Liberal Democrat-run council, Paul Buchanan. Mr Jones retired after the Conservatives won control, acknowledging that new leader Ken Maddock should be able to choose his own chief executive. Along with other councils the new administration began a series of major spending cuts which it said were unavoidable, but which were condemned by opponents as far too deep. Mr Osman took over as leader from Mr Maddock in May last year. Mi_Coc

2:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

prickles says...

Bet she's not getting statuary sick pay either.
Bet she's not getting statuary sick pay either. prickles

2:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

prickles wrote:
Bet she's not getting statuary sick pay either.
No she has had 20k in salary payments as it would appear she has etheir left of her own accord or feels pushed out.

Either way she is not worth £160k if she thinks she can just sit at home when of cuts are being made its scandaless!
[quote][p][bold]prickles[/bold] wrote: Bet she's not getting statuary sick pay either.[/p][/quote]No she has had 20k in salary payments as it would appear she has etheir left of her own accord or feels pushed out. Either way she is not worth £160k if she thinks she can just sit at home when of cuts are being made its scandaless! Mi_Coc

4:57pm Thu 16 Jan 14

lordgodalmighty says...

sack the whole lot of them. replace them with a spreadsheet. i never heard of a spreadsheet demanding golden handshakes and handsome pensions.
sack the whole lot of them. replace them with a spreadsheet. i never heard of a spreadsheet demanding golden handshakes and handsome pensions. lordgodalmighty

7:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

midsomerman says...

Without the protection of Ken Maddock who brought her in, it was only a matter of time really. From what my friends at County Hall say, maybe John Osman who by all accounts has some integrity and intelligence has become fed up with the direction his Authority has been heading under his CEo. Somerset County Council was once 'Excellent' rated, it used to have staff who were dedicated- not scared to go to work, it used to look after vulnerable kids properly, it used to run buses and operate libraries, you could use a recycling centre, you could drive around without dodging pot holes, it had a structure rather a 'target operating model', it had experienced, local staff rather than a chorus of consultants on a grand a day of our money, it didn't threaten people that were not on £160k with a barrage of hits on their pay, pensions, terms of employment and sick leave. Then again, maybe she's popped out for a pint of milk and has simply got talking to someone and all this is worry over nothing because she'll return to work tomorrow. The Gazette could always ask the Leader whats to do, because the staff don't know, the residents aren't being told and it's all a bit odd really isn't it? Looks like SCC are struggling on without her though so no rush John. In your own time.
Without the protection of Ken Maddock who brought her in, it was only a matter of time really. From what my friends at County Hall say, maybe John Osman who by all accounts has some integrity and intelligence has become fed up with the direction his Authority has been heading under his CEo. Somerset County Council was once 'Excellent' rated, it used to have staff who were dedicated- not scared to go to work, it used to look after vulnerable kids properly, it used to run buses and operate libraries, you could use a recycling centre, you could drive around without dodging pot holes, it had a structure rather a 'target operating model', it had experienced, local staff rather than a chorus of consultants on a grand a day of our money, it didn't threaten people that were not on £160k with a barrage of hits on their pay, pensions, terms of employment and sick leave. Then again, maybe she's popped out for a pint of milk and has simply got talking to someone and all this is worry over nothing because she'll return to work tomorrow. The Gazette could always ask the Leader whats to do, because the staff don't know, the residents aren't being told and it's all a bit odd really isn't it? Looks like SCC are struggling on without her though so no rush John. In your own time. midsomerman

9:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Let's not forget that scc was operating millions in debt before the recession and was over staffed now it's the go to,far the other way.
Let's not forget that scc was operating millions in debt before the recession and was over staffed now it's the go to,far the other way. Mi_Coc

12:50am Fri 17 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

As a former SDC / BTC, you would expect me to make a comment on this Matter, the SCC, in the Past under the Control of the Lib Dems, ran a Council that was neither efficient nor accountable to the electorate.
SW1 was the wrong way to go, it cost the Tax/ Rate payers of Smerset £ Millions, and did not bring the promised savings, that were set out.
At least under the present regime of John Osman, the Council are getting their act together.
This Councillor, should never be, or any of them on these obscene Salaries, with Pension rights, as they are now.
As a former SDC , we recieved £3300. Per Annum, no Pensionable rights, for 20 - 30 hour workload, of meetings, scrutiny, planning, full Council, group meetings Parish Council meetings and Ward Matters with residents, and the Local Policing Teams, etc.......
The old adage, " comes to mind, as a former Chef, " If you can not stand the heat, get out of the Kitchen, their salaries, expenses, and Pension provision, is outrageous..........
As a former SDC / BTC, you would expect me to make a comment on this Matter, the SCC, in the Past under the Control of the Lib Dems, ran a Council that was neither efficient nor accountable to the electorate. SW1 was the wrong way to go, it cost the Tax/ Rate payers of Smerset £ Millions, and did not bring the promised savings, that were set out. At least under the present regime of John Osman, the Council are getting their act together. This Councillor, should never be, or any of them on these obscene Salaries, with Pension rights, as they are now. As a former SDC , we recieved £3300. Per Annum, no Pensionable rights, for 20 - 30 hour workload, of meetings, scrutiny, planning, full Council, group meetings Parish Council meetings and Ward Matters with residents, and the Local Policing Teams, etc....... The old adage, " comes to mind, as a former Chef, " If you can not stand the heat, get out of the Kitchen, their salaries, expenses, and Pension provision, is outrageous.......... Blue Owl

11:54am Fri 17 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

if she is signed off sick by a doctor then she should be gettign whatever the sick pay arrangements are in her contract.

if she isnt she should be dealt with through the hr for non attendance of work, its pretty simple.

She is off sick or failing to carry out her role!
if she is signed off sick by a doctor then she should be gettign whatever the sick pay arrangements are in her contract. if she isnt she should be dealt with through the hr for non attendance of work, its pretty simple. She is off sick or failing to carry out her role! Mi_Coc

5:02pm Sat 18 Jan 14

westey says...

send in pickles, he's always huffing and puffing about transparency in councils. give him something to do for a change.
send in pickles, he's always huffing and puffing about transparency in councils. give him something to do for a change. westey

5:10pm Sat 18 Jan 14

westey says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
if she is signed off sick by a doctor then she should be gettign whatever the sick pay arrangements are in her contract.

if she isnt she should be dealt with through the hr for non attendance of work, its pretty simple.

She is off sick or failing to carry out her role!
According to this: https://www.whatdoth
eyknow.com/request/c
hief_exec_contract#i
ncoming-389967 this person would 'enjoy' the same terms as the worker bees if she was given the boot. so that's the square root of nothing then. Ironic given she reduced the compulsory redundancy terms down to statutory minimum on her watch. Be interesting to see if 'we're all in it together' should this dissapearance end in a severance.
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: if she is signed off sick by a doctor then she should be gettign whatever the sick pay arrangements are in her contract. if she isnt she should be dealt with through the hr for non attendance of work, its pretty simple. She is off sick or failing to carry out her role![/p][/quote]According to this: https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/c hief_exec_contract#i ncoming-389967 this person would 'enjoy' the same terms as the worker bees if she was given the boot. so that's the square root of nothing then. Ironic given she reduced the compulsory redundancy terms down to statutory minimum on her watch. Be interesting to see if 'we're all in it together' should this dissapearance end in a severance. westey

3:07am Sun 19 Jan 14

Guy Smiley : says...

Once again the so called Tax Payers' Alliance are called upon to apparently speak on behalf of the erm...tax payers.... yet the so called Tax Payers' Alliance are an unelected unaccountable unrepresentative bunch of self-appointed thinly disguised Tories hell bent on destroying anti-public services.

If they were a genuine and legitimate Tax Payers' Alliance which genuinely stood for the same 'transparency' that they (quite correctly) demand from local government they would answer the various Freedom Of Information questions regarding where their £millions of funding comes from.

So, who funds it? Despite being prolific users of Freedom of Information requests, the TPA is notoriously cagey about where their multi-million pound income comes from. Matthew Sinclair, the Chief Executive of the Tax Payers' Alliance, over Twitter recently wrote that the income "comes from donors who are entitled to their privacy."

Perhaps the so-called Tax Payers' Alliance should instead be more correctly renamed the 'Alliance of Wealthy People (who may not be taxpayers)'?!

Fight All cuts: check out www.tusc.org.uk
Once again the so called Tax Payers' Alliance are called upon to apparently speak on behalf of the erm...tax payers.... yet the so called Tax Payers' Alliance are an unelected unaccountable unrepresentative bunch of self-appointed thinly disguised Tories hell bent on destroying anti-public services. If they were a genuine and legitimate Tax Payers' Alliance which genuinely stood for the same 'transparency' that they (quite correctly) demand from local government they would answer the various Freedom Of Information questions regarding where their £millions of funding comes from. So, who funds it? Despite being prolific users of Freedom of Information requests, the TPA is notoriously cagey about where their multi-million pound income comes from. Matthew Sinclair, the Chief Executive of the Tax Payers' Alliance, over Twitter recently wrote that the income "comes from donors who are entitled to their privacy." Perhaps the so-called Tax Payers' Alliance should instead be more correctly renamed the 'Alliance of Wealthy People (who may not be taxpayers)'?! Fight All cuts: check out www.tusc.org.uk Guy Smiley :

3:41pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Much has been written here re Ms Wheelers, absence from work and the obscene Salary, she is Paid, whether there or Not!!!!!
As a Non Political Executive Leader, she should Lead by Example, in days , years of Austerity it is just not acceptable to the everyday Tax Payer in Somerset to Fund this Person s position within SCC.
She Should, if she had an ounce of Decency in her body, Resign, with immediate effect, and also forgo the enormous Pension Rights that her job benefits her too.!!!!
But of course ,She will not, if she ever returns to her desk, she will I'm sure get a Pay Rise in the New Year Budgets, if only 3% that's too much.......
Can SCC Sack her Hell No !!!! And She knows it..!!!!! There would be a call of unfair dismissal and the Judial Review to Follow.......... Plus Compensation.
So Between A Rock and A Hard Place!!! The Council are Stuck !!!!
How can a Chief Exec get Paid more than the PM !!!!???? Who is responsible for the entire Country, not just One County !!!!!!!!
David L Preece Former Conservative Councillor for SDC, Not SCC !!!
Much has been written here re Ms Wheelers, absence from work and the obscene Salary, she is Paid, whether there or Not!!!!! As a Non Political Executive Leader, she should Lead by Example, in days , years of Austerity it is just not acceptable to the everyday Tax Payer in Somerset to Fund this Person s position within SCC. She Should, if she had an ounce of Decency in her body, Resign, with immediate effect, and also forgo the enormous Pension Rights that her job benefits her too.!!!! But of course ,She will not, if she ever returns to her desk, she will I'm sure get a Pay Rise in the New Year Budgets, if only 3% that's too much....... Can SCC Sack her Hell No !!!! And She knows it..!!!!! There would be a call of unfair dismissal and the Judial Review to Follow.......... Plus Compensation. So Between A Rock and A Hard Place!!! The Council are Stuck !!!! How can a Chief Exec get Paid more than the PM !!!!???? Who is responsible for the entire Country, not just One County !!!!!!!! David L Preece Former Conservative Councillor for SDC, Not SCC !!! Blue Owl

3:55pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Much has been written here re Ms Wheelers, absence from work and the obscene Salary, she is Paid, whether there or Not!!!!!
As a Non Political Executive Leader, she should Lead by Example, in days , years of Austerity it is just not acceptable to the everyday Tax Payer in Somerset to Fund this Person s position within SCC.
She Should, if she had an ounce of Decency in her body, Resign, with immediate effect, and also forgo the enormous Pension Rights that her job benefits her too.!!!!
But of course ,She will not, if she ever returns to her desk, she will I'm sure get a Pay Rise in the New Year Budgets, if only 3% that's too much.......
Can SCC Sack her Hell No !!!! And She knows it..!!!!! There would be a call of unfair dismissal and the Judial Review to Follow.......... Plus Compensation.
So Between A Rock and A Hard Place!!! The Council are Stuck !!!!
How can a Chief Exec get Paid more than the PM !!!!???? Who is responsible for the entire Country, not just One County !!!!!!!!
David L Preece Former Conservative Councillor for SDC, Not SCC !!!
I don't know how these people can make cuts you have a management team on these sorts of salaries. It is precisely these ridiculous salaries that mean the parliament watch dog has recommended a pay rise to keep up.

Patrick Flaherty £130k plus £17550 pension

5 posts @ £100 plus £13.5k

1 post @ £99, 950 plus £13,5k

8 Posts @ £85k plus £11,475k

Stragtegic Managers 25 posts @ £54-63k!! plus £8k pension
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Much has been written here re Ms Wheelers, absence from work and the obscene Salary, she is Paid, whether there or Not!!!!! As a Non Political Executive Leader, she should Lead by Example, in days , years of Austerity it is just not acceptable to the everyday Tax Payer in Somerset to Fund this Person s position within SCC. She Should, if she had an ounce of Decency in her body, Resign, with immediate effect, and also forgo the enormous Pension Rights that her job benefits her too.!!!! But of course ,She will not, if she ever returns to her desk, she will I'm sure get a Pay Rise in the New Year Budgets, if only 3% that's too much....... Can SCC Sack her Hell No !!!! And She knows it..!!!!! There would be a call of unfair dismissal and the Judial Review to Follow.......... Plus Compensation. So Between A Rock and A Hard Place!!! The Council are Stuck !!!! How can a Chief Exec get Paid more than the PM !!!!???? Who is responsible for the entire Country, not just One County !!!!!!!! David L Preece Former Conservative Councillor for SDC, Not SCC !!![/p][/quote]I don't know how these people can make cuts you have a management team on these sorts of salaries. It is precisely these ridiculous salaries that mean the parliament watch dog has recommended a pay rise to keep up. Patrick Flaherty £130k plus £17550 pension 5 posts @ £100 plus £13.5k 1 post @ £99, 950 plus £13,5k 8 Posts @ £85k plus £11,475k Stragtegic Managers 25 posts @ £54-63k!! plus £8k pension Mi_Coc

9:34pm Sun 19 Jan 14

henrythemildmanneredjanitor says...

If the rumours going around County Hall are to be believed, I dont think she will be returning anytime soon. No doubt the official line will be "Sheila Wheeler has decided to spend more time with her family" lol.

Naturally I cannot put on a public forum what the rumours are......
If the rumours going around County Hall are to be believed, I dont think she will be returning anytime soon. No doubt the official line will be "Sheila Wheeler has decided to spend more time with her family" lol. Naturally I cannot put on a public forum what the rumours are...... henrythemildmanneredjanitor

11:42am Mon 20 Jan 14

Somerset:SocialistParty says...

The recently announced round of attacks on the people of Somerset are directly related to the Con-Dem government`s policy of letting capitalism rip.

Somerset County Council's ruling Tory group continue to savagely slash and privatise our services, leaving the vulnerable and needy exposed to market forces. They brutally sack their workers, destroying their ability to provide a decent standard of living for their families and are undermining their communities. There are over 100 more jobs threatened by this latest tranche of cuts worth £18 million being cut from the budget.

None of the 'opposition' party groups on Somerset County Council (including both UKIP and the Greens) can honestly claim to oppose all cuts to all jobs and services, oppose all privatisations and oppose all service charge increases. The various establishment parties when either in power or 'opposition' claim to 'oppose cuts', yet they are all a fraud!

They hire obscenely paid directors (like Shelia Wheeler who has failed to turn up for her 'work' for 10 weeks!) and managers to oversee the carnage.

They waste public money on vanity projects like 'Taunton Vision' and unnecessary posts - an indication of their remoteness and dislocation from the communities they represent so poorly. They have now lost all credibility with the electorate.

Yet....they keep telling us that they have no option but to implement the cuts.

This is a monumental lie!

No major party stands 100% against this overlapping austerity agenda from the establishment parties. But this May, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is committed to fielding the largest left electoral challenge ever seen at local elections in this country - over 600 candidates in practically every town and city. Each one standing in defence of jobs and services, and against wage cuts or service charge increases.

Could you consider standing as a TUSC candidate?

Find out more at www.tusc.org.uk
The recently announced round of attacks on the people of Somerset are directly related to the Con-Dem government`s policy of letting capitalism rip. Somerset County Council's ruling Tory group continue to savagely slash and privatise our services, leaving the vulnerable and needy exposed to market forces. They brutally sack their workers, destroying their ability to provide a decent standard of living for their families and are undermining their communities. There are over 100 more jobs threatened by this latest tranche of cuts worth £18 million being cut from the budget. None of the 'opposition' party groups on Somerset County Council (including both UKIP and the Greens) can honestly claim to oppose all cuts to all jobs and services, oppose all privatisations and oppose all service charge increases. The various establishment parties when either in power or 'opposition' claim to 'oppose cuts', yet they are all a fraud! They hire obscenely paid directors (like Shelia Wheeler who has failed to turn up for her 'work' for 10 weeks!) and managers to oversee the carnage. They waste public money on vanity projects like 'Taunton Vision' and unnecessary posts - an indication of their remoteness and dislocation from the communities they represent so poorly. They have now lost all credibility with the electorate. Yet....they keep telling us that they have no option but to implement the cuts. This is a monumental lie! No major party stands 100% against this overlapping austerity agenda from the establishment parties. But this May, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is committed to fielding the largest left electoral challenge ever seen at local elections in this country - over 600 candidates in practically every town and city. Each one standing in defence of jobs and services, and against wage cuts or service charge increases. Could you consider standing as a TUSC candidate? Find out more at www.tusc.org.uk Somerset:SocialistParty

1:42pm Mon 20 Jan 14

tonysays says...

SCC refused to confirm (or deny) if they had received a request for severance for this person.

https://www.whatdoth
eyknow.com/request/s
heila_wheeler_severa
nce#incoming-468862

They cite it's personal info, which might be fair enough. But a more definitive 'no' might have given a stronger feeling that there isn't more to the absence than appears to to be the case.

Theres also a request to see what appointment process the Deputy CEO went through:

https://www.whatdoth
eyknow.com/request/d
eputy_ceo#incoming-4
69047

hope this isn't personal information too as it's £160k & £130k = £270k (basic) of public money we're talking about here.
SCC refused to confirm (or deny) if they had received a request for severance for this person. https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/s heila_wheeler_severa nce#incoming-468862 They cite it's personal info, which might be fair enough. But a more definitive 'no' might have given a stronger feeling that there isn't more to the absence than appears to to be the case. Theres also a request to see what appointment process the Deputy CEO went through: https://www.whatdoth eyknow.com/request/d eputy_ceo#incoming-4 69047 hope this isn't personal information too as it's £160k & £130k = £270k (basic) of public money we're talking about here. tonysays

5:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

henrythemildmanneredjanitor says...

The truth will never be made public, but my, what uses can you put a big desk to (ones probably going spare now)
The truth will never be made public, but my, what uses can you put a big desk to (ones probably going spare now) henrythemildmanneredjanitor

6:05pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

OH MY DAYS.

The Socialists inability to think for themselves even extends to stealing my username!!!

Oh when will the copying and pasting end!!!

Think for yourselves!
OH MY DAYS. The Socialists inability to think for themselves even extends to stealing my username!!! Oh when will the copying and pasting end!!! Think for yourselves! Guy Smiley

6:13pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Perhaps a freedom of Information request, could be put in, with detailed Specific questions raised.
They are obligated to respond with the information, within 20 Days I believe.

As, they are Ciil Servants, supposesidly working and Elected to serve on our Behalf the Community within which their duties lies.

It seems to me that, this whole tier of Government, are overpaid, awarded great Pension Rights, for the jobs they do.... Or do not do Well !!
As a previously, hard working SDC, remunerated to the sum of £3300 per Annum, less Tax. Took no Expenses, in 8 years, Sat on various Committees
Planning, Scrutiny, Finance and all Full Council Meetings, together with local Parish Councils, and Town Council, Bridgwater.
This Set up @ SCC, wanted if you remember a few years ago to take on board all the Duties of West Somerset DC, Sedgemoor DC, South Somerset DC, and Mendip DC, along with Taunton Deane.....
Thank goodness we desisted this with vigour and steadfastness, bloody good job we did, as it just proves that the previous Lib Dem Administration @ County Hall were out of touch, financially and Morally, with the SW One, decision, which at that time we all said would not work and make the projected savings that were being muted !!!!!
It seems to me that a major Shake up is Required, to make the whole Administration @ SCC More Accountable to us the People.
David L Preece
Perhaps a freedom of Information request, could be put in, with detailed Specific questions raised. They are obligated to respond with the information, within 20 Days I believe. As, they are Ciil Servants, supposesidly working and Elected to serve on our Behalf the Community within which their duties lies. It seems to me that, this whole tier of Government, are overpaid, awarded great Pension Rights, for the jobs they do.... Or do not do Well !! As a previously, hard working SDC, remunerated to the sum of £3300 per Annum, less Tax. Took no Expenses, in 8 years, Sat on various Committees Planning, Scrutiny, Finance and all Full Council Meetings, together with local Parish Councils, and Town Council, Bridgwater. This Set up @ SCC, wanted if you remember a few years ago to take on board all the Duties of West Somerset DC, Sedgemoor DC, South Somerset DC, and Mendip DC, along with Taunton Deane..... Thank goodness we desisted this with vigour and steadfastness, bloody good job we did, as it just proves that the previous Lib Dem Administration @ County Hall were out of touch, financially and Morally, with the SW One, decision, which at that time we all said would not work and make the projected savings that were being muted !!!!! It seems to me that a major Shake up is Required, to make the whole Administration @ SCC More Accountable to us the People. David L Preece Blue Owl

9:04pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Guy, Oh dear some one has awoken the Non democratic Socialist Party, we all want to hear what there comments are "Yawn !!! yawn!!! How it's only the unions who can run every thing like clockwork! over priced. Subsedised, over produced, unwanted, oh there,s me harking back to my a childhood, amid the three day weeks, the Stikes , dust bin men out for months, the refuse piled up on our streets.
That's all the present Union bosses want! back to the days when the days when they sat in Downing St with Harold Wilson, supping Beer and Sandwiches, dictating to the Labour PM, as to their policies he should follow.
Oh we are all type running to go back to those days, flickering candles as there was no electricity, while they starved the power Stations of fuel. I remember, and I was only 8or 9 @ the time......Now, why do you think I' m a Tory and proud to be.
Self a Employed free thinking, not controlled by Union Shop Stewards.if i do not work! I do not earn, I do not Pay Tax, Simpleeeees !!!
Guy, Oh dear some one has awoken the Non democratic Socialist Party, we all want to hear what there comments are "Yawn !!! yawn!!! How it's only the unions who can run every thing like clockwork! over priced. Subsedised, over produced, unwanted, oh there,s me harking back to my a childhood, amid the three day weeks, the Stikes , dust bin men out for months, the refuse piled up on our streets. That's all the present Union bosses want! back to the days when the days when they sat in Downing St with Harold Wilson, supping Beer and Sandwiches, dictating to the Labour PM, as to their policies he should follow. Oh we are all type running to go back to those days, flickering candles as there was no electricity, while they starved the power Stations of fuel. I remember, and I was only 8or 9 @ the time......Now, why do you think I' m a Tory and proud to be. Self a Employed free thinking, not controlled by Union Shop Stewards.if i do not work! I do not earn, I do not Pay Tax, Simpleeeees !!! Blue Owl

9:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

henrythemildmanneredjanitor says...

Paddy ashdown now theres a good role model......
Paddy ashdown now theres a good role model...... henrythemildmanneredjanitor

12:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

henrythemildmanneredjanitor says...

I would surmise that the use of the word "conflict" between Sheila and John Osman is completely the wrong word to use.
I would surmise that the use of the word "conflict" between Sheila and John Osman is completely the wrong word to use. henrythemildmanneredjanitor

2:20pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

henrythemildmannered
janitor
wrote:
I would surmise that the use of the word "conflict" between Sheila and John Osman is completely the wrong word to use.
180k a year I would of thought she would of had a back bone! Thats the hole arguement public servants use when employing people at this level and renumeration package. They are getting a special breed of super human management and that the likes of bp would be 2million a year to work for them so she is cheap.

Socialist party crap makes me laugh! No cuts needed I wish I lived in socialist land were your income/central goverment funding goes down and outgoings go up but you don't need to make any savings! Just carry on regardless. Do they also believe like UKIP that the bad weather is a result of gay marriage?
[quote][p][bold]henrythemildmannered janitor[/bold] wrote: I would surmise that the use of the word "conflict" between Sheila and John Osman is completely the wrong word to use.[/p][/quote]180k a year I would of thought she would of had a back bone! Thats the hole arguement public servants use when employing people at this level and renumeration package. They are getting a special breed of super human management and that the likes of bp would be 2million a year to work for them so she is cheap. Socialist party crap makes me laugh! No cuts needed I wish I lived in socialist land were your income/central goverment funding goes down and outgoings go up but you don't need to make any savings! Just carry on regardless. Do they also believe like UKIP that the bad weather is a result of gay marriage? Mi_Coc

3:38pm Tue 21 Jan 14

duckface08 says...

Ask the socialists why the cuts---could it be to do to the last governments over borrowing/overspendi
ng. While we are at it why are the poorest people in Europe from socialist states. Socialism--no thanks!
Ask the socialists why the cuts---could it be to do to the last governments over borrowing/overspendi ng. While we are at it why are the poorest people in Europe from socialist states. Socialism--no thanks! duckface08

10:03pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Dr Dave says...

Come on Sheila, time to be the bigger person, own up that you're not getting along with John and throw the towel in - and save the Deane some cash in the meantime. Pretty please?
Come on Sheila, time to be the bigger person, own up that you're not getting along with John and throw the towel in - and save the Deane some cash in the meantime. Pretty please? Dr Dave

10:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

henrythemildmanneredjanitor says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
henrythemildmannered

janitor
wrote:
I would surmise that the use of the word "conflict" between Sheila and John Osman is completely the wrong word to use.
180k a year I would of thought she would of had a back bone! Thats the hole arguement public servants use when employing people at this level and renumeration package. They are getting a special breed of super human management and that the likes of bp would be 2million a year to work for them so she is cheap.

Socialist party crap makes me laugh! No cuts needed I wish I lived in socialist land were your income/central goverment funding goes down and outgoings go up but you don't need to make any savings! Just carry on regardless. Do they also believe like UKIP that the bad weather is a result of gay marriage?
Well she certainly had a bone......
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]henrythemildmannered janitor[/bold] wrote: I would surmise that the use of the word "conflict" between Sheila and John Osman is completely the wrong word to use.[/p][/quote]180k a year I would of thought she would of had a back bone! Thats the hole arguement public servants use when employing people at this level and renumeration package. They are getting a special breed of super human management and that the likes of bp would be 2million a year to work for them so she is cheap. Socialist party crap makes me laugh! No cuts needed I wish I lived in socialist land were your income/central goverment funding goes down and outgoings go up but you don't need to make any savings! Just carry on regardless. Do they also believe like UKIP that the bad weather is a result of gay marriage?[/p][/quote]Well she certainly had a bone...... henrythemildmanneredjanitor

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