Chief Exec earns more than Prime Minister

Gareth Daniel, the man lambasted by Lord Laming for his  role in the failure to protect murdered 8 year old Victoria Climbie (see 5.5, The Victoria Climbie Inquiry) earns £60,000 more than David Cameron.Gareth Daniel earns more than the Prime Minister

The Brent Chief Executive takes home £203,342 each year, plus £28,793 in pensions from the council that has one of highest pension deficits in the country.

Meanwhile, 24 council workers take home more than £100,000 per year according to the Taxpayers Alliance.

Lorraine King writes in the Kilburn Times:

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The number of visits to Brent libraries plummet by thousands

Brent Labour have long insisted, bizarrely, that halving the number of libraries would somehow double their use.  Now we have evidence that this is not true, thanks to Phil Bromberg’s timely Freedom of Information request.

Tara Brady reports:

The number of visits to the borough’s libraries have plummeted by thousands since Brent Council axed half of its branches.

Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request reveal that in the five months after the libraries closed, there were nearly 104,000 fewer visits compared with the previous year.

In the same period, 129,449 fewer books were issued.

Library campaigner Philip Bromberg, 52, of Grendon Gardens, Wembley, who submitted the FOI, said: “The figures speak for themselves.

“When you look at the bigger picture, the true scale of the catastrophe becomes apparent. In February 2012 the number of both visits and issues fell more than 20 per cent compared with the year before.

“These figures are really important because it leads to the question – is Brent Council legally providing a comprehensive and efficient library service?”

The council announced plans to close six out of Brent’s 12 libraries to save £1million in 2010. Despite 82 per cent of respondents to consultation saying they were against the closures, the council closed Barham Park, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise, Neasden, Preston and Tokyngton.

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