Well then, what's going on here? "Council leaders should be given thousands of pounds in "parachute payments" when they are voted out of office, a report has urged. Pay and perks for councillors should also be dramatically raised to encourage people to participate in local democracy. The proposals are in an official study due to be delivered to Communities Secretary Hazel Blears tomorrow." If you want to become a public servant then become a public servant. Don't take the job because you want the public to stuff your fat arse with doughnuts. Oops, what an outstandingly naive thing for me to say . So the government have commissioned a study, and in a hugely surprising U turn from the norm, the study has gone and only recommended that the councillors etc get more money, and perks... Admittedly, a huge increase in pay and perks WOULD attract people to the job - that's about the only part of it I don't have a problem with. When, for example, labour are voted out of office in the next election, is it going to be the case that we are STILL going to be paying to keep their arses in custard? Of course the report doesn't represent government policy, but I hardly think it's completely anathema to the people that work in government either .