Councillor Clyde Loakes's pay increased by 24 per cent

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The Liberal Democrats have slammed a “recession-busting” rise in deputy council leader Clyde Loakes’ pay.

The council decision, which was opposed by opposition parties, means a “special responsibility allowance” of £21,000 increases to £26,000 – a boost of just less than 24 per cent.

Councillor Loakes, deputy council leader and cabinet member for environment, was granted the increase because of his work in the absence of council leader Chris Robbins and his responsibility for “major programmes”, the council says.

In December Cllr Loakes hit out on Twitter against MPs receiving an 11 per cent pay rise in 2015, saying it was “shocking” and that he was “not impressed”.

The special responsibility allowance plus the basic rate for councillors takes Cllr Loakes' allowance to £36,000 per year while cabinet members receive £31,000 and the council leader is paid £50,000.

The Lib Dems claim one of the programmes, Redefining Waltham Forest, is a cost-cutting exercise that will result in job losses and pay rates falling.

Lib Dem leader Councillor Bob Sullivan said: “When most people are getting no increase or even reductions in their pay, to vote for extra money to be given to a Labour councillor in the face of all the cuts is outrageous.”

A council spokeswoman said the authority agreed in December to reinstate a special responsibility allowance band for a deputy leader, while a junior cabinet member position was deleted, saving £3,000 per year.

The junior cabinet post was vacated when Geoff Hammond, currently serving a prison sentence for defrauding a charity he worked for of nearly £100,000, resigned.

“This is in recognition of the deputy leader’s role in undertaking duties in the absence of the leader and in leading on major council programmes,” the spokeswoman added.

Lib Dem councillor Mahmood Hussain said: “The Labour administration tried to justify the rise as prudent, saying how they have saved money by not filling a vacant role, but that’s just what local businesses have been doing to try and survive this recession - not to give their mates a whopping pay rise.”

The council spokeswoman added that previous savings of £114,809 were made in 2010 and £78,059 in 2011 through a range of measures including the deletion of two cabinet posts and a reduction in members’ allowances by 5%.

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10:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

cynicalsue says...

Does the E11 Bid come under “special responsibility allowance”?
Does the E11 Bid come under “special responsibility allowance”? cynicalsue
  • Score: 17

10:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

topnote says...

Snouts and Troughs
Snouts and Troughs topnote
  • Score: 16

10:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

TTMAN says...

If he is getting more money because of the absence of Robbins, should Robbins not get get less to balance the books?
If he is getting more money because of the absence of Robbins, should Robbins not get get less to balance the books? TTMAN
  • Score: 27

10:42am Thu 6 Feb 14

Alan_1976 says...

cynicalsue wrote:
Does the E11 Bid come under “special responsibility allowance”?
Presumably he gets a "special responsibility deduction" when things don't work out? Right? Right? Right?
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: Does the E11 Bid come under “special responsibility allowance”?[/p][/quote]Presumably he gets a "special responsibility deduction" when things don't work out? Right? Right? Right? Alan_1976
  • Score: 22

11:16am Thu 6 Feb 14

mdj says...

'This is in recognition of the deputy leader’s role in undertaking duties in the absence of the leader ..'

What absence? He's not in jail as well, is he? It's a bit hard to keep up, sometimes.
Why doesn't Cllr Robbins not simply pay the cash across directly to Cllr Loakes? We are not getting any increase in output from this increase in costs.

This is a warning to local people that the Arturo Ui of the Bins is on the march again. He intends to be leader again, and regards it as his right.
If he is the face of the Labour Party, the rest of us know all we need to know.
'This is in recognition of the deputy leader’s role in undertaking duties in the absence of the leader ..' What absence? He's not in jail as well, is he? It's a bit hard to keep up, sometimes. Why doesn't Cllr Robbins not simply pay the cash across directly to Cllr Loakes? We are not getting any increase in output from this increase in costs. This is a warning to local people that the Arturo Ui of the Bins is on the march again. He intends to be leader again, and regards it as his right. If he is the face of the Labour Party, the rest of us know all we need to know. mdj
  • Score: 24

11:34am Thu 6 Feb 14

HottRedMan says...

This is just ridiculous, after all the spending cuts imposed on the council by this guy and he has not even had a pay freeze or pay cut, as usual he gets paid well above inflation, takes the pee
This is just ridiculous, after all the spending cuts imposed on the council by this guy and he has not even had a pay freeze or pay cut, as usual he gets paid well above inflation, takes the pee HottRedMan
  • Score: 22

11:54am Thu 6 Feb 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

VOTE LABOUR and this is what you get.
Ah the stench of socialism and the whiff of hypocrisy.
VOTE LABOUR and this is what you get. Ah the stench of socialism and the whiff of hypocrisy. MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: 12

12:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Don't Give Up says...

HottRedMan is correct as Cllr. Loakes is the man responsible for closing all of the original Public Conveniences to the detriment of the public he is supposed to represent.
HottRedMan is correct as Cllr. Loakes is the man responsible for closing all of the original Public Conveniences to the detriment of the public he is supposed to represent. Don't Give Up
  • Score: 20

12:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Loakes will of course not accept the increase and donate the money to Haven House?
Loakes will of course not accept the increase and donate the money to Haven House? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 9

3:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Love your high street says...

I would like to congratulate Mr Loakes - he's amazing. Mr Loakes keeps the streets clean and safe from crime, helps with regeneration, helps businesses with money. Hasn't he done us proud. VOTE Loakes!
I would like to congratulate Mr Loakes - he's amazing. Mr Loakes keeps the streets clean and safe from crime, helps with regeneration, helps businesses with money. Hasn't he done us proud. VOTE Loakes! Love your high street
  • Score: -10

5:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

UKIP-local says...

Time was when local government was democratic with decisions taken after debate in the full council. Leaders and hangers on were not paid. Has local government improved?
Time was when local government was democratic with decisions taken after debate in the full council. Leaders and hangers on were not paid. Has local government improved? UKIP-local
  • Score: 11

5:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

rodddy says...

Hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Remember, "we're all this together"
Hypocrisy knows no bounds. Remember, "we're all this together" rodddy
  • Score: 15

5:49pm Thu 6 Feb 14

fabster says...

I don't know about everyone else, but Loakes' 24% pay rise for coming runner-up in Private Eye's Rotten Borough 'Furry Friend' award last year seems rather good value to me

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I don't know about everyone else, but Loakes' 24% pay rise for coming runner-up in Private Eye's Rotten Borough 'Furry Friend' award last year seems rather good value to me http://www.private-e ye.co.uk/sections.ph p?section_link=rotte n_boroughs&issue=135 7 fabster
  • Score: 6

5:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

The sheer audacity and hypocrisy of this man beggars belief.

Less than six weeks ago he was calling an 11% pay rise for MP's shocking and that he was not impressed. Yet here he is awarding himself a 24% increase !

We're all in this together my arse.
The sheer audacity and hypocrisy of this man beggars belief. Less than six weeks ago he was calling an 11% pay rise for MP's shocking and that he was not impressed. Yet here he is awarding himself a 24% increase ! We're all in this together my arse. VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 24

6:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Love your high street says...

Loakes tried to get paid 25k for Chairing NLWA - what a waste!
Loakes tried to get paid 25k for Chairing NLWA - what a waste! Love your high street
  • Score: 9

6:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Love your high street says...

It's give me give me more more Loakes.
It's give me give me more more Loakes. Love your high street
  • Score: 2

6:45pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Thunderbird4 says...

MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
VOTE LABOUR and this is what you get.
Ah the stench of socialism and the whiff of hypocrisy.
It doesn't matter what party is elected; it's the puppet masters that control the borough, not party's. Something is being cooked up and what is required is a person of unfathomable egotistical hubris, who is unable to see he will be expected to carry the can once the worms are emptied out.
[quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: VOTE LABOUR and this is what you get. Ah the stench of socialism and the whiff of hypocrisy.[/p][/quote]It doesn't matter what party is elected; it's the puppet masters that control the borough, not party's. Something is being cooked up and what is required is a person of unfathomable egotistical hubris, who is unable to see he will be expected to carry the can once the worms are emptied out. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Garrow says...

This is astonishing! Here are just a few headlines from this paper which relate directly to "Fingers" Loakes 'Waltham Forest Council yet to produce evidence that anti-fraud rules were followed when 420k given to organisation representing private businesses' 'Tories target Loakes over poor fund fiasco' 'Loakes accused of playing on immigration fears' there are others about how the rules for awarding council contracts were ignored while Loakes was Leader of the Council, or how Waltham Forest is one of the worst boroughs in the country for Food Hygiene Standards. Let us not forget that he was perfectly happy to run off to Northampton when the sniff of an MPs salary was in the air. He has been behind some of the worst excesses of this council's Planning Department, ruined our high streets with his parking policies and wasted taxpayers money on prosecuting a local business for giving away a cardboard box. And this is how he is rewarded, with yet more of our money! The worst of it is that later on this year the people of Leytonstone will dutifully trot down to the polling station and re-elect him so that he can continue to line his pockets.
This is astonishing! Here are just a few headlines from this paper which relate directly to "Fingers" Loakes 'Waltham Forest Council yet to produce evidence that anti-fraud rules were followed when 420k given to organisation representing private businesses' 'Tories target Loakes over poor fund fiasco' 'Loakes accused of playing on immigration fears' there are others about how the rules for awarding council contracts were ignored while Loakes was Leader of the Council, or how Waltham Forest is one of the worst boroughs in the country for Food Hygiene Standards. Let us not forget that he was perfectly happy to run off to Northampton when the sniff of an MPs salary was in the air. He has been behind some of the worst excesses of this council's Planning Department, ruined our high streets with his parking policies and wasted taxpayers money on prosecuting a local business for giving away a cardboard box. And this is how he is rewarded, with yet more of our money! The worst of it is that later on this year the people of Leytonstone will dutifully trot down to the polling station and re-elect him so that he can continue to line his pockets. Garrow
  • Score: 23

10:31pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

He has been spotted in fine eateries recently so must need bit more dish.
He has been spotted in fine eateries recently so must need bit more dish. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

12:22am Fri 7 Feb 14

sara jane says...

This man must be completely shameless - takes advantage of the fact that one of his close colleagues has been jailed for fraud to make sure he gets some extra cash for himself! And his sneering remarks about his MP makes you wonder if he is after that job too.
This man must be completely shameless - takes advantage of the fact that one of his close colleagues has been jailed for fraud to make sure he gets some extra cash for himself! And his sneering remarks about his MP makes you wonder if he is after that job too. sara jane
  • Score: 17

10:23am Fri 7 Feb 14

Glorfindel says...

Deputy. The clue is in the name. Deputies deputise. It's the job, not an additional responsibility.
Deputy. The clue is in the name. Deputies deputise. It's the job, not an additional responsibility. Glorfindel
  • Score: 8

11:36am Fri 7 Feb 14

GiordanoBruno says...

There was an interesting article in the Camden New Journal about Mr Loakes' income stream in 2012:

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There was an interesting article in the Camden New Journal about Mr Loakes' income stream in 2012: http://www.camdennew journal.com/special- investigation-labyri nthine-recycling-ind ustry-and-waste-chie f-who-has-key-role-% C2%A347bn-deal-de GiordanoBruno
  • Score: 4

3:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Don't Give Up says...

With the increased responsibility that goes with his additional 24% in salary, could Cllr. Loakes please arrange to clear up the mess left by the travellers who took over the old Walthamstow Dog Track car park adjacent to Sainsburys some months ago.
With the increased responsibility that goes with his additional 24% in salary, could Cllr. Loakes please arrange to clear up the mess left by the travellers who took over the old Walthamstow Dog Track car park adjacent to Sainsburys some months ago. Don't Give Up
  • Score: 6

5:17pm Fri 7 Feb 14

cynicalsue says...

Love your high street wrote:
I would like to congratulate Mr Loakes - he's amazing. Mr Loakes keeps the streets clean and safe from crime, helps with regeneration, helps businesses with money. Hasn't he done us proud. VOTE Loakes!
Thank you for your input Mrs Loakes.
[quote][p][bold]Love your high street[/bold] wrote: I would like to congratulate Mr Loakes - he's amazing. Mr Loakes keeps the streets clean and safe from crime, helps with regeneration, helps businesses with money. Hasn't he done us proud. VOTE Loakes![/p][/quote]Thank you for your input Mrs Loakes. cynicalsue
  • Score: 13

5:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

mdj says...

Giordano Bruno's link is dynamite: it is more easily found by googling this:
'http://www.camdenne
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Mr Loakes' income from the public sector quango empire is at least £60,000, they estimated at the time.

What the report cannot tell us is whether any of the large consultancy payments mentioned in these bodies went to Clyde Loakes Consulting, a short-lived limited company.

What it could not mention because it happened subsequently was that the massive NLWA scheme to build a waste plant at Pinkham's Way near Brent Cross collapsed in disarray under his chairmanship, having wasted c£30 million of public money over several years.

Mr Loakes' role as Chief Executive in failing to consult several out- of -London councils who have a vital role in receiving landfill waste from this part of London was massively criticised by a government inspector.

A fag-packet estimate could tot up that Mr Loakes' education in public administration has cost the taxpayer about £70 million so far.

We have yet to hear a word from him about his role in the granting of over £400k of our money to the failed E11BID, currently the subject of a fraud investigation, of which he was at one point a director.
He was, of course, at the wheel when £11 million of Better Neighbourhoods Initiative funds fell off the edge of the table, for which nobody's career suffered one little bit.
He was Leader when £5 million of our land was given away free of charge to a private interest group chaired at the time by the then Labour Mayor.
His philistine attitude that 'William Morris is not for the likes of us' nearly lost us our magical William Morris Gallery a few short years ago.

Who, or what agency, is protecting him?

What party deserving of public trust would want him back in charge?
Giordano Bruno's link is dynamite: it is more easily found by googling this: 'http://www.camdenne wjournal.com/special -investigation-labyr inthine-recycling-in dustry-and-waste-chi ef-who-has-key-role Mr Loakes' income from the public sector quango empire is at least £60,000, they estimated at the time. What the report cannot tell us is whether any of the large consultancy payments mentioned in these bodies went to Clyde Loakes Consulting, a short-lived limited company. What it could not mention because it happened subsequently was that the massive NLWA scheme to build a waste plant at Pinkham's Way near Brent Cross collapsed in disarray under his chairmanship, having wasted c£30 million of public money over several years. Mr Loakes' role as Chief Executive in failing to consult several out- of -London councils who have a vital role in receiving landfill waste from this part of London was massively criticised by a government inspector. A fag-packet estimate could tot up that Mr Loakes' education in public administration has cost the taxpayer about £70 million so far. We have yet to hear a word from him about his role in the granting of over £400k of our money to the failed E11BID, currently the subject of a fraud investigation, of which he was at one point a director. He was, of course, at the wheel when £11 million of Better Neighbourhoods Initiative funds fell off the edge of the table, for which nobody's career suffered one little bit. He was Leader when £5 million of our land was given away free of charge to a private interest group chaired at the time by the then Labour Mayor. His philistine attitude that 'William Morris is not for the likes of us' nearly lost us our magical William Morris Gallery a few short years ago. Who, or what agency, is protecting him? What party deserving of public trust would want him back in charge? mdj
  • Score: 14

7:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Love your high street says...

cynicalsue wrote:
Love your high street wrote:
I would like to congratulate Mr Loakes - he's amazing. Mr Loakes keeps the streets clean and safe from crime, helps with regeneration, helps businesses with money. Hasn't he done us proud. VOTE Loakes!
Thank you for your input Mrs Loakes.
Leytonstone and Waltham Forest is a much better place because of the progressive changes by Clyde. Look at the one - way system in Leytonstone, less cars equates to better air quality. The road is safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Better businesses like Panda, Red Lion and Argos - the high street is thriving. The arts trail and the Stone Space. Scenic upgrade to Leytonstone High Street and the station, the police station. ..........etc!
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Love your high street[/bold] wrote: I would like to congratulate Mr Loakes - he's amazing. Mr Loakes keeps the streets clean and safe from crime, helps with regeneration, helps businesses with money. Hasn't he done us proud. VOTE Loakes![/p][/quote]Thank you for your input Mrs Loakes.[/p][/quote]Leytonstone and Waltham Forest is a much better place because of the progressive changes by Clyde. Look at the one - way system in Leytonstone, less cars equates to better air quality. The road is safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Better businesses like Panda, Red Lion and Argos - the high street is thriving. The arts trail and the Stone Space. Scenic upgrade to Leytonstone High Street and the station, the police station. ..........etc! Love your high street
  • Score: -12

1:09pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Love your high street says...

You all seem to be quick blaming Clyde when something goes against your enjoyment. Have you thought of asking Johar Khan ex Councillor for the Libdems and now a candidate for the upcoming local elections in May for the Labour Party in Mark house Ward - Walthamstow about the E11BID Co finances? According to Companies House records, he was the Finance Director for the E11BID Co when taxes were being deducted from employees and not being paid to HM inland revenue. Did he declare to the Labour Party interview panel of his involvement or or was it not a concern?
You all seem to be quick blaming Clyde when something goes against your enjoyment. Have you thought of asking Johar Khan ex Councillor for the Libdems and now a candidate for the upcoming local elections in May for the Labour Party in Mark house Ward - Walthamstow about the E11BID Co finances? According to Companies House records, he was the Finance Director for the E11BID Co when taxes were being deducted from employees and not being paid to HM inland revenue. Did he declare to the Labour Party interview panel of his involvement or or was it not a concern? Love your high street
  • Score: -5

4:19pm Sun 9 Feb 14

TTMAN says...

LYHS

Please do not try and defend Loakes by deflect. 2 wrongs do not make a right.
LYHS Please do not try and defend Loakes by deflect. 2 wrongs do not make a right. TTMAN
  • Score: 8

10:30am Mon 10 Feb 14

LaurainLeyton says...

Give the guy a break! He's got to raise money somehow - talent won't get him a parliamentary seat, he'll have to buy his way in with glossy leaflets and paid helpers. And he's got to look to the future too, those private school fees don't pay themselves....
Give the guy a break! He's got to raise money somehow - talent won't get him a parliamentary seat, he'll have to buy his way in with glossy leaflets and paid helpers. And he's got to look to the future too, those private school fees don't pay themselves.... LaurainLeyton
  • Score: 8

3:44pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Garrow says...

I don't think he can afford to become an MP now, he couldn't take the pay cut. Seriously, over £60,000 a year? I have to thank Giordano Bruno for his contribution, although I found it very depressing.
I don't think he can afford to become an MP now, he couldn't take the pay cut. Seriously, over £60,000 a year? I have to thank Giordano Bruno for his contribution, although I found it very depressing. Garrow
  • Score: 6

9:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Walthamster says...

GiordanoBruno wrote:
There was an interesting article in the Camden New Journal about Mr Loakes' income stream in 2012:

http://www.camdennew

journal.com/special-

investigation-labyri

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Excellent report, Giordano, thanks for the link. So Loakes is already getting nearly £60,000 a year for his various roles in failing organisations! Value for money? I think not.
[quote][p][bold]GiordanoBruno[/bold] wrote: There was an interesting article in the Camden New Journal about Mr Loakes' income stream in 2012: http://www.camdennew journal.com/special- investigation-labyri nthine-recycling-ind ustry-and-waste-chie f-who-has-key-role-% C2%A347bn-deal-de[/p][/quote]Excellent report, Giordano, thanks for the link. So Loakes is already getting nearly £60,000 a year for his various roles in failing organisations! Value for money? I think not. Walthamster
  • Score: 4

9:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Walthamster says...

Love your high street wrote:
You all seem to be quick blaming Clyde when something goes against your enjoyment. Have you thought of asking Johar Khan ex Councillor for the Libdems and now a candidate for the upcoming local elections in May for the Labour Party in Mark house Ward - Walthamstow about the E11BID Co finances? According to Companies House records, he was the Finance Director for the E11BID Co when taxes were being deducted from employees and not being paid to HM inland revenue. Did he declare to the Labour Party interview panel of his involvement or or was it not a concern?
I'm sure Johar Khan's snout is right there in the trough beside Clyde Loakes'. That doesn't let Loakes off anything. There are a lot of undeserving snouts in that trough - filled by our money.
[quote][p][bold]Love your high street[/bold] wrote: You all seem to be quick blaming Clyde when something goes against your enjoyment. Have you thought of asking Johar Khan ex Councillor for the Libdems and now a candidate for the upcoming local elections in May for the Labour Party in Mark house Ward - Walthamstow about the E11BID Co finances? According to Companies House records, he was the Finance Director for the E11BID Co when taxes were being deducted from employees and not being paid to HM inland revenue. Did he declare to the Labour Party interview panel of his involvement or or was it not a concern?[/p][/quote]I'm sure Johar Khan's snout is right there in the trough beside Clyde Loakes'. That doesn't let Loakes off anything. There are a lot of undeserving snouts in that trough - filled by our money. Walthamster
  • Score: 7

9:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Walthamster says...

Loakes was leader of the council when the councillors voted themselves a nearly 30% pay rise in 2007. His pay rise was biggest of all, of course.

They funded this massive gift to themselves (about £1 million for all 60 councillors' pay rises) by closing St James Street Library, cutting staff and opening hours at the William Morris Gallery and Vestry house museum, closing evening classes, and a long list of other cuts to public services.

The list of his failures, and of huge sums of money mysteriously lost by the council on his watch, is equally long. Why is he still on the council?
Loakes was leader of the council when the councillors voted themselves a nearly 30% pay rise in 2007. His pay rise was biggest of all, of course. They funded this massive gift to themselves (about £1 million for all 60 councillors' pay rises) by closing St James Street Library, cutting staff and opening hours at the William Morris Gallery and Vestry house museum, closing evening classes, and a long list of other cuts to public services. The list of his failures, and of huge sums of money mysteriously lost by the council on his watch, is equally long. Why is he still on the council? Walthamster
  • Score: 11

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