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Posted by: John Brace | 27th July 2015

How much does a Superlambanana cost to repaint?

How much does a Superlambanana cost to repaint?

                                   

I went to Merseytravel’s headquarters to inspect various invoices and contracts. A Superlambanana costs £500 to repaint, but a penguin only costs £400 as you can see from the invoice below.

Merseytravel invoice repainting Lambanana Artopia £900 27th March 2014

Merseytravel invoice repainting Lambanana Artopia £900 27th March 2014

Below are invoices that I requested from the first month of expenditure in 2014/15 that had something blacked out on them.

First there’s a larger invoice for £1,241.08 from Bircham Dyson Bell. This is for a “claim by Charles Denton as owner of Olympia Public House” and more specifically “To professional charges acting for you in the above claim for compensation in connection with advising you by Mr Charles Denton for the period from 21 December 2013 to 26 March 2014 for the Olympia Public House as set out in the attached breakdown. Actual fees £1,721.90 less £771.00 as per email dated 19th March 2014.”

Blacked out are the hourly rates charged. These are:

(Partner) 0.10 hours @ 141.92 per hour = £14.19
(Partner) 1.00 hours @ 141.92 per hour = £141.92
(Partner) 5.60 hours @ 141.92 per hour = £794.79

Merseytravel invoice repainting Lambanana Artopia £900 27th March 2014

Merseytravel invoice repainting Lambanana Artopia £900 27th March 2014

Merseytravel invoice Bircham Dyson Bell £1241.08 Claim by Charles Denton as owner of Olympia Public House 28th March 2014

Merseytravel invoice Bircham Dyson Bell £1241.08 Claim by Charles Denton as owner of Olympia Public House 28th March 2014

Next is a two page invoice from Hays for agency staff. Whereas Merseytravel have blacked out the name of the person whose services this invoice relates to on the front of the invoice, the name is clearly visible on the timesheet on the second page of this invoice (Melissa Waring). The timesheet also shows this is for 35 hours of work (a detail again blacked out on the front of the invoice) at a rate of £30.35 an hour + VAT.

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1019.77 assistant senior accountant 15th April 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1019.77 assistant senior accountant 15th April 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1019.77 assistant senior accountant 15th April 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1019.77 assistant senior accountant 15th April 2014 timesheet

There are three further invoices from Hays from that month which are each for the services of Melissa Waring. However the timesheets on the back of those invoices aren’t included. Those invoices (including the second page where you’d expect the timesheets) are below.

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1092.61 assistant senior accountant 3rd April 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1092.61 assistant senior accountant 3rd April 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1092.61 assistant senior accounant 3rd April 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1092.61 assistant senior accounant 3rd April 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1153.06 assistant senior accountant 27th March 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1153.06 assistant senior accountant 27th March 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1153.06 assistant senior accountant 27th March 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1153.06 assistant senior accountant 27th March 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1274.71 assistant senior accountant 9th April 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1274.71 assistant senior accountant 9th April 2014 timesheet

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1274.71 assistant senior accountant 9th April 2014

Merseytravel invoice Hays £1274.71 assistant senior accountant 9th April 2014

Finally there is an invoice for £3,800 from DWF for the services of Martin Stafford seconded to Merseytravel at £200 a day. It was pretty pointless blacking out the daily rate of £200 a day on this invoice and leaving in “for 19 days work carried out from 3rd March 2014 to 31st March 2014” along with the amount of £3,800.

Merseytravel invoice DWF £4560.00 Martin Stafford secondment 31st March 2014

Merseytravel invoice DWF £4560.00 Martin Stafford secondment 31st March 2014

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Responses

  1. So lets all send an invoice to Wirral Council for a silly amount and see if they pay it, this is just bloody stupid, we the tax payer are getting ripped off and apart from you John no body is doing a damn thing about it!
    Even dopey council staff are on more money than me an hour and a bet non of them would do my job!

  2. G’day John

    Talking of sheep.

    That money that was knocked off supposedly going to a nursing home or somewhere £40,000.00ish?

    Do you think it was really knocked off or was it just another pay off?

    Ooroo

    James

    • It was fraud. I wrote about the details of the fraud here. I even made a FOI request to the Metropolitan Police Service who were investigating it, but they refused to answer my queries.

      If you do a search on Youtube for the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the date of the meeting referred to in the blog post above you’ll get as much detail as is in the public domain about the fraud.

      • G’day John

        Another crap day to put crap on Wirral John but it wouldn’t matter if it was beautiful day in the Antipodes Ecca’s mob deserve all the crap they get.

        Interesting to see a few more people commenting after Uggly Boots spoke up on that wonderful Wirral Leaks site.

        Poor old Demigog, probably meeting up with them in Dubai.

        If “Spotty Dog” doesn’t attempt to put the fire out soon and clean up the crud it will develop into a bush….fire as hot as Demigog’s.

        I realise John it was a fraud like paying off the internal auditor but I still pose the question

        Was it a pay off?

        Their police probably didn’t look.

        No case to answer….. they couldn’t be bothered going after the sitting ducks that are Wirral “Funny” Bizz and the £2,000,000.00

        Have a great day digging in the dirt John you are brilliant at it and don’t let “Highbrow” tell you he is more brilliant.

        You are both as super intelligent as “Phil the Dill”, “Ankles”, “The Pretend Friend” and “Phil the Dills Ugly Twin Brother with the Comb Over from Hell are as thick and angry as “He who can talk for twenty minutes without breathing or saying anything” angry little Armpong ha ha he will never get the job. hehehe.

        Ooroo

        James

        Come on Mr Robinson tell us how you have fixed Wirralgate and are about to fix Wirral “Funny” Bizz.

        The Wirral “Funny” Bizz Song

        And here’s to you, Mr. Robinson,
        Jesus loves you more than you will know.
        God bless you, please Mr. Robinson.
        Heaven holds a place for those who pray,
        Hey, hey, hey
        Hey, hey, hey

        (Oh the fiance of the ex Mayoress stopped the prayer in the chamber I think he probably thought they would be struck by lightning.)

        We’d like to know a little bit about you for your (Wirral “Funny Bizz) files
        We’d like to help you learn to help yourself. (When you grow up)
        Look around you all you see are sympathetic eyes,
        Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home. (In the Northern Shithouse that is Wallasey Town Hall)

        And here’s to you, Mr. Robinson,
        Jesus loves you more than you will know.
        God bless you, please, Mr. Robinson.
        Heaven holds a place for those who pray, (And those that don’t)
        Hey, hey, hey
        Hey, hey, hey

        Hide it in the hiding place where no one ever goes.
        Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes.
        It’s a little secret just the Robinson’s affair.
        Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the kids.

        For God’s sake don’t tell the kids where you work “Spotty Dog” that would be cruel tell them you work where they make “Eccles Cakes” and you have to wear the uniform.

        If they don’t believe you show them that photo of you.

        So that’s where “The Shyster” hides all the files of deceit and lies in the pantry with the cupcakes. The fat sweaty barstard shouldn’t of eaten all the cupcakes but I suppose he had to make a lot of room for the number of secret files he hides to keep his job.

        That would be a weigh in to behold “The Shyster” and “Ankles”.

        Clean up Wirral “Funny” Bizz “Eccs” me old China Plate and we can all go away.

        You will be gone anyway as soon as you do “their” dirty, filthy work, just like Gra Gra.

        Ooroo

        James


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