Rubbish proposals stink
There is, rightly, huge citizen discontent here over proposals to switch rubbish collection from weekly to fortnightly arrangements. Weekly collection was established by law in 1875 for very sound reasons of disease prevention. For many people - a third of the homes in my London borough are occupied by single people - rubbish collection, street sweeping, road lighting and parks are the only council services they actually receive any benefit from.
The pressure is coming from DEFRA, and is justified on cost grounds. This is a crock of ... rubbish. I've just looked at my borough 'Best Value' figures (they should be on every council website). The annual cost of rubbish collection - 52 times - is about £40 per household. Each household produces around 400kg of rubbish a year, which costs around a further £16 to dispose of. So the total cost of collecting and disposing of rubbish from Chez Raedwald is about £56 a year.
In addition to say £1,000 in Council tax each household pays, the council gets about £4,000 per household direct from government. So rubbish collection and disposal costs about £56 out of £5,000 budget per household - a tad over 1%.
I expect they need the rest of the money to pay for lesbian drug and alcohol outreach workers and suchlike.