They call them
gifts and hospitality but that does not hide the fact that councillors can take bribes and UKIP like it that way.
How do I know UKIP like the bribe rules at TDC? Simple, they still exist and UKIP have control of TDC. If UKIP were as different as some people claim then why did they keep the bribe rule and not changed it?
Two years ago Thanet Star reported that the rule allowing the bribery of councillors was passed unopposed. The rule which was supported by both Tory and Labour still stands.
The change still allows councillors to accept gifts, benefits and hospitality up to the value of Ј100, from any given party, without disclosure.
Since 2013, when this rule was passed, even the NHS has tightened up on gifts from lobbying persons and groups. Not so TDC. Under Labour TDC allowed themselves more space to take secret bribes. Under UKIP they continued to do so.
Assuming an average gift of Ј90, where a UKIP councillor to visit five (5) campaigners each day then, over a five working day week, they could net Ј450 and not tell anyone. Assuming that they take four weeks off a year, that's Ј21,600 in tax free bribes.
So I ask again, if UKIP were so different why did they not changed this rule?
When we first told you about this rule we also worked out how, with a little laundering, someone could pay just shy of Ј500 a day to a councillor and it would never show up on any records in the council nor break any rules. Get five people doing that for you each day and you are netting over Ј100,000 a year tax free in "gifts" without a single rule being broken (on paper).
Even if ongoing gifts do not fit under this rule and this huge windfall is not happening for UKIP councillors there is nothing to stop a developer getting several hundred quid into a few hands to grease a planning application through.
While this rule stands we cannot trust anything that the UKIP council does.
If UKIP were so different why did they keep this rule?