Here's an updated version of my post about 'Who's In Whose Pocket In Glasgow?'
I think it's fair to say that The City Council's 'Register of Interests' is far from being a model of transparency - for a start councillors are not required to register their council salaries, full or part-time.
Instead councillor salaries are shown as being paid, quarter by quarter, and the latest entries are for the 3rd quarter of 2021/22 - from which visitors to the GCC web site must extrapolate full annual amounts to gain a clear picture.
The position in Glasgow is that lots of councillors have 2nd and sometimes 3rd jobs - even those who have full-time senior roles in the council who are paid full-time council salaries, upwards of £27,000+ a year.
In effect this suggests the councillors involved enjoy earnings of over £40,000+ a year although it's difficult to be precise because there is generally no explanation of the salary or time commitment of their 2nd and 3rd jobs.
So as things stand the public is entitled to know what salary a councillor is paid from the public purse - but not what salary a councillor is paid from the public purse via an MSP (Scottish Minister) or an MP.
Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney say this is just fine and dandy - I say this is a scandal and that after 15 years in power the SNP can't tell right from wrong.
Cllr Ferns has no new entries on the register, but records two paid posts with SNP MP Natalie McGarry which ended in 2017 and another with SNP David Linden for 16 hours a week which ended in February 2018.
No details are provided about the salaries for these posts or the time commitment involved in the McGarry post.
Cllr Ferns' entry does not refer to her £18,604 councillor salary which is paid an hourly rate of around £15.00 an hour.
Backbench councillors across Scotland are paid a part-time salary of £18,604 which is set at two-thirds of full-time hours - a notional full-time salary of £28,000.
Cllr Ferns has no new entries on the register, but records two additional paid jobs - one as a Board Member of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS for which receives a salary of around £9,000 for a time commitment of 1 day per week.
The other paid job is as an Office Assistant for Nicola Sturgeon - no salary details are provided for this post nor is there any indication of the time commitment involved
Cllr Hunter does not register her councillor salary which is in excess of £27,000 a year, as a full-time senior councillor.
Cllr Layden records two additional paid job on the register - one as a caseworker for Margaret Ferrier the SNP MP which ended in October 2020 and another as a Caseworker for Humza Yousaf MSP and Scottish Minister.
No salary details are provided for these posts nor is there any indication of the time commitment involved.
Cllr Layden's job with Humza Yousaf ceased in August 2021 after started writing about these issues on my blog in May 2021.
Cllr Layden does not register her councillor salary which is in excess of £35,000 a year, as a full-time senior councillor.
So here's the issue - two Glasgow MSPs (Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf) have been asked a reasonable question about their use of public money to employ two SNP councillors who already have full-time, salaried jobs as senior elected members of Glasgow City Council. But these two public servants (both long-serving ministers) refuse to answer, so what to do next? One regular reader suggests raising the matter on the floor of the Scottish Parliament which is a good idea, but requires an MSP who's prepared to put down a written question for Scottish Ministers to answer. So here's a list of activities which will help shine a light on what has been going on because as Lord Nolan once said apropos driving up standards in public life - 'daylight is the best disinfectant'. Write to the leader of Glasgow City Council Write to the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council Write to all elected members in Glasgow City Council Write to the party leaders in Glasgow City Council W
I heard from a friend of mine over the weekend who works as a civil servant in the Scottish Government. Apparently, I can expect my complaint about Humza Yousaf to be blown off because the standard response to objections of this kind is that this involves a personal Twitter account. In other words Humza's idiotic behaviour nothing to do with the Scottish Government. If so, I'll be astonished because Humza Yousaf promotes his profile on Twitter by drawing attention to his role as Scotland's Justice Minister. Not only that because Humza's attack on fellow MSPs was done during normal working hours (ie his employer's time) and presumably it is very easy to check if he used a mobile phone, or some other device, provided for him to use while at work by the Scottish Government. So I remain optimistic until I'm proved wrong - and let's hope I hear something soon. In the meantime, I plan to share this post with the various MSPs involved. Total Lack Of Respect, Hu
Anyone heard of people receiving these £105 gift cards?They were meant to be distributed to vulnerable Glasgow folks in August at a cost of £10 million quid … https://t.co/fgdjfeFZvC — Aviemore (@Fyrishsunset) September 30, 2022 Glasgow Council is mortgaging some of the city's best known buildings to meet the council's ongoing obligations over equal pay. At the same time GCC receives £10 million from Scottish Ministers to hand out £105 gift cards to local citizens. Glasgow's Fight For Equal Pay ( September 30, 2022 ) So the latest news from Glasgow is that the City Council is effectively raising a mortgage on some of our best known buildings to pay for its ongoing obligations on equal pay. Yet the Council is doing so without any help from Scottish Ministers whose public spending watchdog (Accounts Commission) concluded that SNP Ministers and local government both shared responsibility for the 'decade long failure of leadership over equal pay' between 2007-2017. And