Another indispensable report from the Tax Payers’ Alliance’s ‘Local Government Uncovered’ series. This time they’ve gone to the trouble of finding out how much gold plated pension deals for local government employees are costing us.
And here in Bristol the cost of these deals last year was the equivalent to £81 a year for every council tax payer. That’s about 8% of the council tax bill on a Band C property going straight to employees’ pension funds.
Combine this with the TPA’s revelation that £1 in every £11 of council tax is now spent on paying local authority fat cat middle managers earning over £50k a year and you begin to get a pretty good idea of what’s really happening with our money.
The local authority looks less like an organisation delivering public services to us and more like a generous job creation scheme for the benefit of a few. Vast amounts of our money is simply going to local government officers looking after themselves rather than on public services as they’d have us believe.