Waste worker suspended for media tip-off – Green Bin Tax

Birmingham City Council has confirmed that it suspended a recycling depot worker after he tipped off the media over unpopular garden waste charges. A £35 annual fee for garden waste collection was introduced by the council in February, which led to some residents dumping waste on the streets. GMB organiser Gillian Whittaker described the action against the worker as “disgusting”.

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BBC News has the story at:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-27717608

My previous posting of 20th May also refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/wp-admin/post.php?post=8341&action=edit

At face value a worker has been suspended for telling the truth? If so this does not bode well for fairness and openness in the workplace.

Row over green waste – Lib Dem MP seeks court order

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard with his petition against Labour's £46 Green Bin Tax on Sefton households.

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard with his petition against Labour’s £46 Green Bin Tax on Sefton households.

Birmingham Yardley Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming is seeking a court order to get Birmingham City Council to clear dumped green waste, following the introduction of a £35 garden waste collection charge in February. The Labour-run authority hopes the scheme will generate £2m of income.

Remember Labour-run Sefton’s presently ‘deferred’ charge for emptying the Borough’s green bins is set at £46 per bin

With thanks to the LGiU for this story.

Green Bin Tax – The ‘deferred’ Sefton charge will be £46!

Green charges a ‘stealth tax’

The Sunday Express examines the growing trend of councils charging for collecting grass and hedge cuttings from homes, a move condemned by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and public spending watchdogs. A £35 charge on garden waste collections in Birmingham has resulted in an increase in fly-tipping.

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard with his petition against Labour's £46 Green Bin Tax on Sefton households.

Cllr. Bruce Hubbard with his petition against Labour’s £46 Green Bin Tax on Sefton households.

Today’s Sunday Express, Page: 5

The proposed charge for Sefton from its Labour rulers was £46 but then in the face of two by-election losses to the Lib Dems in Maghull last summer they backed off. It was only some detailed investigations by the Lib Dems that revealed that the charge had merely been ‘deferred’ rather than scrapped so it could well return any day!

With thanks to the LGiU for this story.