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Councillor slams temporary staff bill
10:29am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
COUNCILLOR Rob Gledhill has criticised Thurrock Council for the amount of money it spends on non-permanent staff.
New figures obtained by the party show the Labour-run authority spent more than £6.6million on temporary staff last year and nearly further £2.75million on consultants fees.
The Conservative deputy leader said: “Since taking control in 2010 Labour have pilloried Conservatives for their spending on non-permanent staff.
“However, despite the council having fewer schools to manage and Labour continually moaning they are having to cut services, this bill is soaring.”
The figures, on the council website, show £5.2million was spent on temporary staff company Comensura, more than £780,000 on other agency staff and £690,000 on supply staff.
Cllr Gledhill added: “This spend equates to nearly 20 per cent of the council’s direct wages bill. Is it being spent wisely at a time when they are cutting services and increasing council tax?”
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