Why is Malvern so expensive?

First published in Letters by

MALVERN is now labelled one of the most expensive small towns in England in which to live.

Why, you may well ask. As we are only a small town, our costs should not be that high.

Think again. As a small community we have one of the most expensive councils in the country.

This council employs a number of executives, all earning well over £60,000 a year, with a chief executive earning well over £100,000 a year.

This number of executives exceeds the number of executives employed by much larger councils. Why?

In addition to this, our esteemed councillors give themselves a rise any time they feel like it, regardless of requests from central government to cut their spending, or with any thought to the pockets of local residents.

Further, any councillor whose face fits seems to be given portfolios despite having only been a councillor for less than a year and with no experience whatsoever in this position. Still, they are of the party so let them have two or three thousand more a year.

For a small council they are spending our money without compunction, it would seem.

Isn’t about time the activities of this council were thoroughly investigated?

Mike Charles

Malvern

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

You may be right in your conclusions, but what research are they based on? Who has done the labelling?
You may be right in your conclusions, but what research are they based on? Who has done the labelling? Brownface60
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Stop Wasting Our Tax says...

I absolutely agree, but find it near impossible to find anyone to highlight these issues to. I have tried local M.P. Harriet Baldwin-no reply. The Government Ombudsman has so many restrictions on what you can complain about that they aren't fit for purpose; thus finally ending up with me e-mailing David Cameron's offfice with the reply that my complaint has been "referred to the relevant department." If they know who that is, they are doing better than me.
I absolutely agree, but find it near impossible to find anyone to highlight these issues to. I have tried local M.P. Harriet Baldwin-no reply. The Government Ombudsman has so many restrictions on what you can complain about that they aren't fit for purpose; thus finally ending up with me e-mailing David Cameron's offfice with the reply that my complaint has been "referred to the relevant department." If they know who that is, they are doing better than me. Stop Wasting Our Tax
  • Score: 2

12:13pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Bubbly Bill says...

David Cameron would only jump on it if it was likely to bite him. As we know he is obsessed with PR/ avoiding bad PR
Harriet would have only forwarded to head office with a "Do we need to worry about this?"and sadly Malvern isn't going to be a priorty for the party

To get Cameron all over it you need to start building some momentum e.g. petitions, social media campaign, contact investigative type TV shows etc,

Sadly politicians don't fight injustice anymore, only potential bad PR / reputation damage

Election next April so maybe good time to start the campaign?
David Cameron would only jump on it if it was likely to bite him. As we know he is obsessed with PR/ avoiding bad PR Harriet would have only forwarded to head office with a "Do we need to worry about this?"and sadly Malvern isn't going to be a priorty for the party To get Cameron all over it you need to start building some momentum e.g. petitions, social media campaign, contact investigative type TV shows etc, Sadly politicians don't fight injustice anymore, only potential bad PR / reputation damage Election next April so maybe good time to start the campaign? Bubbly Bill
  • Score: 0

5:24am Tue 19 Aug 14

Jojogabor says...

The recent news shows that house prices are the cause of the expense of living in Malvern and not the council tax, so your argument is largely unrelated to the affordability stakes of living in Malvern, but I agree with your sentiment. Large swathes of the council are ineffective, over-payed and offer very little value for the tax it collects.
The recent news shows that house prices are the cause of the expense of living in Malvern and not the council tax, so your argument is largely unrelated to the affordability stakes of living in Malvern, but I agree with your sentiment. Large swathes of the council are ineffective, over-payed and offer very little value for the tax it collects. Jojogabor
  • Score: 2

10:45am Sun 31 Aug 14

Casmal says...

Stop Wasting Our Tax wrote:
I absolutely agree, but find it near impossible to find anyone to highlight these issues to. I have tried local M.P. Harriet Baldwin-no reply. The Government Ombudsman has so many restrictions on what you can complain about that they aren't fit for purpose; thus finally ending up with me e-mailing David Cameron's offfice with the reply that my complaint has been "referred to the relevant department." If they know who that is, they are doing better than me.
Well done for trying. I have given up contacting my local Councillors, as they either don't reply at all; don't know the answer to my questions about issues they are having to vote on; are advised not to comment or are afraid to take up controversial points in Council, either because they're Conservative and afraid their Leader will jump on them, or because they are fearful they will be labelled as having "predetermined" the issue!!!

Did you know you can speak on any issue for five minutes at any Council or Committee meeting - except planning, which has different rules? If you've never been to a meeting of Council or it's Committees, I strongly suggest you do. It is a real eye-opener! There is one next Tuesday, the 2nd September, which looks like it could be interesting. What is needed is more people to stand up and speak out.
[quote][p][bold]Stop Wasting Our Tax[/bold] wrote: I absolutely agree, but find it near impossible to find anyone to highlight these issues to. I have tried local M.P. Harriet Baldwin-no reply. The Government Ombudsman has so many restrictions on what you can complain about that they aren't fit for purpose; thus finally ending up with me e-mailing David Cameron's offfice with the reply that my complaint has been "referred to the relevant department." If they know who that is, they are doing better than me.[/p][/quote]Well done for trying. I have given up contacting my local Councillors, as they either don't reply at all; don't know the answer to my questions about issues they are having to vote on; are advised not to comment or are afraid to take up controversial points in Council, either because they're Conservative and afraid their Leader will jump on them, or because they are fearful they will be labelled as having "predetermined" the issue!!! Did you know you can speak on any issue for five minutes at any Council or Committee meeting - except planning, which has different rules? If you've never been to a meeting of Council or it's Committees, I strongly suggest you do. It is a real eye-opener! There is one next Tuesday, the 2nd September, which looks like it could be interesting. What is needed is more people to stand up and speak out. Casmal
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree