I WRITE further to John Simms's letter about Ealing Council placing one family of seven in a seven-bedroom detached house at an absurd public cost of £12,500 per month.
What I would like to add to that is that this sort of thing is happening quite regularly now directly as a result of the council's policy of cutting corners by employing people on a temporary basis.
Ealing's Conservative councillors have introduced a policy of deliberately getting rid of staff before they have served a year, to prevent them having employment rights to a pension etc.
As a result, our council gets little expertise, experience, loyalty or commitment out of its staff, for tax payers' money.
This is costing us dearly, as all too often wrong and costly decisions are being made.
Councillors' obsession to get themselves re-elected on the pretext of holding local taxes down actually costs us all much more in the end, in the form of national taxation in terms of extortionate housing benefit claims like this one and in unemployment and all the associated benefits that go with it.
We are all paying a high price for this shortsighted and counterproductive policy. It is a false economy and Ealing's council tax payers are certainly not getting value for money out of this current council.
MATTHEW PLEASANT Greenford Road