Apparently despite needing to make cuts in the region of £33million, Stoke-on-Trent Council feel that it is appropriate to waste taxpayers money sending out inspectors to 45 chip shops to give the owners advice on what oils to use for cooking and passing out salt shakers with fewer holes to encourage healthier eating through less salt intake.
Small businesses are the first to struggle in a depressed economy and when a business owner of 30 years standing has a formula that keeps his customers happy and coming back for more, he’d be ill-advised to change that formula.
Councils around the country should be very familiar with the expression “those who can, do – those who can’t, poke their nose into things that don’t concern them”. Councils should do the job they are paid to do and serve the community effectively. Most civil servants have never had a real job in the real world and think that the comfortable, cushioned environment that a great many of them enjoy is the norm, but it’s very different in the real world.
Stoke-on-Trent Council’s time would be better spent reducing their £824,000 expenses bills to lighten the load on the taxpayers pocket. Apparently councillors voted themselves a flat-rate basic allowance for travel to and from the council’s civic offices with those living up to four miles away getting £500 a year and those living more than four miles getting £600.
Excuse us for pointing out that we mere mortals, employed in the real world as we are, have to pay out of our own pocket for our travel with many people commuting from coastal towns to jobs in central London – talk about duplicity!