We have seen much discussion this week about how almost all school crossing patrols across Newcastle could be scrapped as a result of looming cuts.
This makes me think back to news reports from September when we heard that the Labour group in Newcastle City Council decided to hand large pay rises to some of the highest-paid staff in Newcastle. It was reported that some staff who already earned more than £100,000 per year received pay rises that could be counted in the tens of thousands.
I can’t speak for everyone in Newcastle, but I suspect that some parents might have preferred if the Council spent this money on protecting school children rather than handing huge pay rises to some of their highest-paid staff.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East