Manchester C-Charge Bill
I’ve just read that the congestion charge vote cost Manchester £24.1 Million
The Returning Officer was paid £600 per day for 26 days and a £10,000 bonus! A nice little earner, £26K for 26 days work!Posted 13 years ago
How many new trams could you get for that?Posted 13 years ago
Here’s the full news article –
The voters of Greater Manchester paid more than £2.2m to throw out congestion charge plans in last month’s referendum.
And the returning officer, who spent 26 days in the area, was paid a £10,000 bonus on top of the agreed £600 a day as a reward for his “oversight, accessibility and overall accountability for the referendum process”.
The costs are part of the overall £24.1m bill to be shared by Rochdale and the nine other districts of Greater Manchester for the aborted Transport Innovation Fund (TIF) bid which was killed off by the overwhelming No vote in the poll.
Each of the 10 local authorities has been invoiced directly by Electoral Reform Services for the £1.7m costs of producing, distributing, and counting postal votes, including postage costs. Another £500,000 of central referendum costs — including the returning officer’s fees — will be divided between the 10 councils according to their populations.
Elections expert Sir Neil McIntosh will receive £25,600 plus expenses for his services as returning officer. More than £51,000 was spent on staff for Sir Neil and another £10,365 on travel and subsistence for him and his staff.
After the result, Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon made it clear that without congestion charging, there would be no TIF money for Greater Manchester. But figures produced by Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein for council leaders show that a large part of the £24 million cost went on justifying plans to civil servants.
TIF activities of dozens of officials and consultants were halted a week after the referendum result, when town hall leaders formally agreed to abandon the process. They are now trying to persuade the Government to rescue some of the projects which were dependent on a Yes vote.
One AGMA insider said: “Greater Manchester has done a lot of work which the Department can now use to test the plans of other areas. There is a feeling that we deserve some recognition for that.”Posted 13 years ago
£24.1m FFS How many new trams could you get for that?
MCC would no doubt have to go through a procurement process, pay a series of consultants, financial advisers and lawyers and then negotiate with and appoint a private sector contractor to purchase and operate the trams. So, probably none.
£24.1m for that almighty c*ck-up is a gross waste of my f***ing council tax. Still, they’re finally resurfacing Yew Tree Road, so hopefully it will lower the broken spoke count from the ride to work.Posted 13 years ago
is the result in yet? been awayPosted 13 years ago
You serious, mikewsmith? It was a thumping “No” from the electorate.Posted 13 years ago
is the result in yet? been away
yeah… twas only about 80% against accross the greater manchester area 🙂Posted 13 years ago
short sighted *******
now when I come back it will still take me hours to get to work and no hope of a decent public transport system to alleviate the pain. Another tick in the box for ozPosted 13 years ago
How many trams could you buy with that £24m? Approx 3% of one new line?
Nice, Government idea and the councils pick up the tab.Posted 13 years ago
There was no hope of being a decent public transport system regardless 😮Posted 13 years ago
You could buy a lot of scooters for £24m. Like about 50,000. Give all bus-users a free scooter. Ban buses. Job done…Posted 13 years ago
It would also buy a line of KitKat Chunkies 4326 miles long.Posted 13 years ago
It would also buy a line of KitKat Chunkies 4326 miles long.
Leftfield GeniusPosted 13 years ago
…or a wall of Warbies Toastie loaves 2m high and 195 miles long.Posted 13 years ago
If you lose a court case you pick up the costs. If you fail to get enough votes at an election you lose your deposit….. It seems that the logic didn’t follow through to an ill conceived “congestion” charge. oh wellPosted 13 years ago
Funniest (I say ‘funny’) was the £250,000 ad that had to be dropped as it was seen as misleading.Posted 13 years ago
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