A few months back the Labour Group on Renfrewshire Council put forward a motion condemning the proposed cuts in the Tory / Libdem budget. The motion fell because the combined votes of the SNP, Tories and Libdems voted it down; they refused to condemn the Westminster Tory budget cuts. Those cuts are now biting and I will highlight some of them on a regular basis.
The SNP and Libdem candidates for Holyrood in our council Mackay SNP, McCartin Libdem, Adam SNP and presumably the other SNP candidate Doig who is not a councillor refused to criticise or condemn the Cameron Clegg attacks on the poor and vulnerable, these people are now asking you the people of Renfrewshire to give them your vote.
Example 8 – A ONE-LEGGED midwife has had her benefits slashed - because she can walk.
Angry Tracy Stronach received disability living allowance (DLA) after having her right leg amputated below the knee three years ago.
But this has been taken off her as the Government try to slash the UK's £12billion welfare bill.
Tracy, 40, who works at Dr Gray's Hospital in her home town of Elgin, Moray, reckons amputees have become an easy target.
She said: "I wonder just how many other people are in the same situation"
I regard this as an unacceptable attack on the vulnerable. Derek Mackay and the SNP/Libdem coalition think differently.
I would like Renfrewshire Council leader Mackay SNP to tell us if this is one of the cuts which he is on record as saying "are about right" perhaps he could do this before people go to the polls for Holyrood.
Earnings for trust chief executives rose by 121 per cent under the last Government, outstripping increases for all other groups of health workers, By contrast, nurses' earnings rose by only 68 per cent.
By the time Labour lost the election, four out of five NHS hospital chief executives in England were earning more than £142,500 – the salary received by David Cameron.
At least 650 NHS managers earn in excess of Mr Cameron's salary, according to the latest figures – including 46 with an income of at least £200,000 in 2009/10.
The findings reveal generous rewards for thousands of senior managers on the boards of hundreds of hospital, primary care, ambulance and mental health trusts.
Hundreds more received six-figure salaries courtesy of health authorities and dozens of NHS quangos.
• In 2009/2010, 75 per cent of those running all types of NHS trust earned more than the current prime minister's salary.
• The average trust chief executive earned £158,800, while those running foundation trusts received £164,500.
• Among thousands of NHS board members except for doctors, the average pay rise was 4.5 per cent – despite Government advice that overall pay increases for NHS senior managers should be limited to 1.5 per cent.
• 15 per cent of directors of NHS hospitals, and 17 per cent of those working at foundation trusts, got a pay rise in double figures during 2009/2010.
The highest incomes, of £282,500, were received by David Bennett, the head of Monitor, the regulator for hospital foundation trusts, and Neil Lloyd, chief executive of NHS Professionals – a quango which was set up to reduce the amount hospitals spend on staff.
Ruth Carnall, chief executive of London Strategic Health Authority, received £277,500, while Sir Ron Kerr, head of Guy's and St Thomas's foundation trust, was paid £274,500.
Several hospital chief executives earning more than £200,000 enjoyed rises of more than 50 per cent over five years.
They include Sir Robert Naylor, on £262,500, at University College London Hospitals trust, which has just announced plans to shed 360 jobs, and David Dalton, at Salford Royal Hospitals trust, who received £232,600 in 2009/10, as the trust drew up plans to axe 750 hospital posts.
At Barts and the London trust, which is about to lose 635 jobs – including 10 per cent of the hospital's nursing staff – Peter Morris, the chief executive, was paid £262,000.
The findings lay bare the extent to which billions of pounds of extra NHS spending under Labour went on the salaries of a swelling bureaucracy, during a period when the total number of NHS managers almost doubled.
When Tony Blair became Prime Minister, NHS trust chief executives earned 4.4 times as much as the average health worker.
Yet despite Labour's talk of narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest paid, by the time of the general election, trust chief executives were earning 6.1 times the average health service wage.
By Anonymous on SPEAKING ON THE TORY/LIBDEM BUDGET, SNP COUNCIL LE... on 30/04/11
You could have saved yourself a lot of trouble by simply referring me to today's Sunday Telegraph but: I fail to see what relevance this has to the questions I have asked SNP candidate Mackay who has said publicly that the Tory/Libdem Government cuts are about right?
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