Friday, December 08, 2006

Council enters into the Christmas Spirit!

Miracles do indeed happen gentle reader for we are the bringers of glad tidings as we enter the month of December. The miracle has happened and Greenwich has managed to reduce the total amount of back rent owed to it – down from £14,725,050 in September to £14,597,110 in October.

Be of great joy O reader, but obviously don’t look to closely at how it happened! Yes fractionally more rent was collected (up from 96.1% to 96.7%) but surely that wouldn’t lead to less back rent would it? So how do they do it? Well if you enjoy reading the arcane details of the Council, try the Cabinet Committee agenda for Tuesday 12th December. This committee is so Labour no other party is even allowed to be a deputy on it. Tucked away under item A7 is Write-off irrecoverable former tenant arrears. No numbers of course – but we bet it isn’t tuppence.

So there we have the spirit of Christmas alive and well in Greenwich – don’t pay your rent and we’ll write it off for you. You keep the cash, Labour get to lower their debt figures on paper and the Council tax payer gets a warm glow of satisfaction from helping all those other people.

Ho Ho Ho...!

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Blogger Indigo said...

I suppose that it is too much to hope that the opposition Councillors will demand a written assurance that irrecoverable former tenant arrears were written off only after all avenues of recovering the rents had been exhausted.

We residents are shockingly ill-served in this Borough, in my view.

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