Wiltshire Council came in for criticism today after it was revealed it had made nearly three quarters of a million pounds by short changing motorists. The amount which puts the county top in the country comes from ticket machines that don't offer any change when you buy a ticket.
Jonty Messer has the following report:
Wiltshire Council made almost £250 thousand a year in unreturned change from parking charges.
A Freedom of Information request from a national newspaper found the council had made 730 thousand pounds over three years by using machines that don't give change.
They say the extra money goes towards transport initiatives.
Wiltshire Council is making around £250,000 a year short-changing motorists in car parks.
It's because the council uses ticket machines which state "no change given".
A national newspaper submitted freedom of information requests to all 348 local authorities in England and Wales.
Wiltshire Council came top – making £730,000 in unreturned change over three years.
Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott has turned down her controversial pay rise which would have seen her allowances increase from £37,335 to £52,227.
The news was revealed via a Freedom of Information request to the council by a local newspaper.
The prospect of such an increase had prompted a group of independent councillors, to call an extraordinary meeting to discuss the matter. More than two and a half thousand people signed a petition objecting to the pay rise
Independent Wiltshire councillor, Terry Chivers says 'anger is growing across Wiltshire' after the Council Leader, Jane Scott, voted for increases in allowances of up to 37%.
Five independent councillors in Wiltshire have called for an emergency council meeting in a bid to scrap large increases in allowances.
Last month allowances for cabinet members went up by 22 percent, whilst Council Leader Jane Scott saw a 36 percent increase.
A West council is spending £10,000 vaccinating its staff against flu. Wiltshire Council has started offering the jab to 1,000 of its workers.
It's the first time it's been done on such a large scale by the authority.
Managers hope it will cut the amount of sick days staff take over the winter.
The ruling Conservative Cabinet will be presented with the report into the proposed job losses on May 21st.