If BiB has achieved nothing else it should have proved by now that Bexley Council is built on a pyramid of lies interspersed with criminal activity and secrecy. Yesterday saw another example of its mendacity.
The Press Office put out a slogan on Twitter (@LBofBexley) for no obvious reason claiming the Council spent £8 million a year on Freedom Passes.
Everything that comes from Bexley Council should be checked for propaganda or lying. This claim wasn’t difficult to check.
At the last Cabinet Meeting, ten years after the Tories regained control, Councillor Peter Craske thought it was a good idea to reel off a list of achievements. It didn’t take long.
A new school for Crayford, scrapped the Welling bus lane, a reduced contribution to the Freedom Pass fund and, err, that was it. Not much to show for ten years is it?
The reduced contribution to the Freedom Pass nearly ten years ago was £4 million although it has of course crept upwards since. It is now £6·8 million said Councillor Craske, quoting from the Finance Director’s budget proposals.
Councillor Craske says £6·8 million.
Whilst Finance Director Alison Griffin appears to have been
sucked into the
cover up culture of Bexley Council (more on that another time) I do not yet
distrust her to the extent of casting doubt on her financial expertise. So what
Councillor Craske said was probably true.
Which makes Bexley Council’s corporate statement a lie. Why do they do it? Isn’t £6·8 million enough?
It’s only three days since they were discovered lying over fly tipping figures.