Monthly Archives: March 2011

Women in admin

I’ve wanted to write this article for some time but couldn’t quite put my finger on the crux of the issue.  This morning I found myself thinking about women doctors and felt no sense of unease as I do with … Continue reading

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Feudal Britain

The feudal system saw the land being split up to the governance of the lords, who would be vassals of the king.  They would, in turn, have their own vassals, over whom they would be lords.  The vassals of the … Continue reading

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general funding

I went to bed last night thinking I’d made a massive blunder (wouldn’t be the first time) because the figure of £20 million received in DWP grants for housing benefit and £19 million paid out seemed way too high.  It … Continue reading

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Budgeting

Torridge was £526,000 over budget on: Building Control … £40,000 (with a budget of only £27,000) Chief Executive’s office … £94,000  (what does the chief exec’s office do to be £94,000 over budget???) Communications …. £8,000 Corporate Property …. £37,000 … Continue reading

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parking

Torridge made a profit of £492,000 from parking.  But it cost them £572,000.  By my simple accounting, if parking was free, Torridge would be better off by £80,000. If parking was free would that not enhance local business?  

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Concessionary fares

I was reading a report from the North Devon Journal, back in November 2009 about the fears of cuts to concessionary fares in North Devon.  They said ” … But it (Torridge) spent £434,000 in 2008/09 and £537,000 in 2007/08 … Continue reading

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Is Torridge really needed?

It occurred to me that of the £3 million Torridge spends on services, £1,460,000 is spent on waste management.  Well, there’s absolutely no reason why that couldn’t be transferred, lock, stock and barrel to Devon, leaving Torridge still spending £15 … Continue reading

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