After receiving some 2000 hits on the first Armchair Audit on Brian Coleman, the Tory chairman of the London Fire Authority, a second right-wing Conservative councillor has been highlighted by readers as sharing the same virulent anti union beliefs while taking lots of cash from the taxpayer.
Gareth Bacon’s entire income comes from either taxpayers or from the successful recruiting of staff for quangos and local councils.
The 38 yr old London Assembly member from Bexley ( where he made his name in recycling) is one of the rising right-wing Eurosceptic stars in London. He has courted publicity recently by attacking Transport for London for allowing staff to have free travel, backed driverless trains on the tube to end the RMT union’s ” stranglehold” and supported London Fire Brigade chairman Brian Coleman in criticising firefighters and the FBU. Like Coleman he is no stranger to drawing cash from the taxpayer for the various jobs he holds himself. He also is a member of the Eurosceptic Bruges Group and Conservative Way Forward. See profile on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Bacon
His income from five jobs is:
Member of London Assembly £53,439
Cabinet member (Environment)Bexley Council £13,197
Member Bexley Council £9,418
Chair, London Fire Brigade Performance Management Com Free *
Total income from the taxpayer: £76,014
* Under rules he has to waive a £5329.50 a year salary if a London Assembly member. Allowance available for first time this year.
Private Income: estimated between £75,000-£100,000
Director, RandstadFinancial and Professional Ltd, a Dutch owned financial recruitment company. Details of his job are here: http://bit.ly/eP7PC4 . (look under our people after selecting about us). His perks include private medical cover, company pension and bonuses. He makes his money by recruiting highly paid officials to quangos and councils which his party want to curb or abolish. Clients include a string of London boroughs from Tory controlled Barnet and Hammersmith and Fulham to Labour controlled Hackney and Newham. Quangos include the soon to abolished Audit Commission and the 2012 Olympic Authority.
The company had a turbulent two years after the credit crunch. The company did not respond to any inquiries about the future of their recruitment policy for the public sector.
He admits to a combined income of above £150,000 which means he pays 50 per cent tax or as he put it ” I am in the highest income tax band, meaning that every penny I receive from the public purse is taxed at the maximum rate, which in turn means that more than half of
it does not reach me, indeed in effect it never leaves the Treasury and exists only on paper.”
This was in reply to Danny Hackett, a 17 year old student who queried his claim for a free travel card after reading this blog.
Unlike Brian Coleman, Gareth Bacon, hardly claims any. There is one glaring exception. He claims an annual Transport for London travel pass worth £2016, the very perk he believes should be withdrawn from staff, many of whom earn a quarter of what he claims in allowances from the taxpayer. See the entries here. http://bit.ly/i5OTex
HOMES and INVESTMENTS
Fairly modest. His improving financial fortunes have seen him move from a house in Sidcup bought for £170,000 in 2001 and sold at a profit of £70,000 last year to a £365,000 home nearby well set back from the road. Mortgage is with Santander and a restrictive covenant prevents him building another home on the site or extracting sand and gravel. He is also an investor in his parent’s property in the borough.
Very keen on the police kettling demonstrating students-particularly after the first demo. He would also like police uniforms to have sown in cameras – so they can monitor every action.
He took offence at me not contacting him directly but checking some of these facts with London Fire Brigade press office before putting this up.
He said to me: ” I have nothing remotely to say to you.”
CONCLUSION: ALL IN IT TOGETHER
Gareth Bacon’s views will affect the livelihoods of firefighters and train drivers and the treatment of demonstrating students. But his most extraordinary contribution is his private sector job recruiting highly paid people to councils and quangos – the very bodies his political party wants to slash.
You can contact him to put your own views at both the Greater London Assembly and Bexley Council. His direct e-mail at the London Assembly is email@example.com . His Bexley e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org . He is bound to pick up either as Dave Hill reports in The Guardian he has four blackberry devices.