Manchester City Council has 77 PR, communications and marketing positions. That is the most of any council in the country. So, I sent this Freedom of Information Act request five minutes ago.
I just read in that Manchester City Council has 77 comms staff
http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/local-councils-now-employ-least-3400-comms-staff-more-double-total-central-government/I would like to knowa) What the total wages bill for them was in the financial year 2015-16?b) How many of these 77 staff have completed carbon literacy training?c) Is there any tailored package of carbon literacy specifically for comms staff?d) Has there been any analysis conducted on the efficacy of the carbon literacy (tailored or not) for MCC’s comms staff. If so, I would like a copy. If not, is any planned?
In 20 working days they will formally respond to this FOIA. They might even provide some answers. Watch this space.
It took me five minutes to write. Maybe if the people at some of the so-called ‘established’ green groups in this city would stop being lapdogs and/or irrelevant, and encourage/train their members in the basics of how to actually take a stand rather than just go to boring soul-crushing meetings and on stupid rallies, we might begin to get somewhere. Or not.