6 July 2001
Government pays up for virus work
By FWi staff
THE government has been forced to release 500,000 on account to pay money it owes Cumbria County Council for foot-and-mouth clean up costs.
The Conservative and Lib Dem controlled council has protested that it was owed 1.4m for cleaning and disinfecting work, reports The Daily Telegraph.
It complained that the government performance targets stipulate that local authorities must pay bills within 30 days.
Yet the bill for work carried out by 200 council staff in the county worst affected by the disease was still outstanding after 60 days.
Meanwhile, the Daily Express carries extracts of a letter purporting to have been written by a soldier involved in the foot-and-mouth slaughter.
In the letter, being circulated by email, the serviceman, reported to be serving in the Green Howards, lists a catalogue of brutality towards livestock.
The letters unverified claims say that soldiers used lorry spanners to finish off stock which should have been killed by slaughtermen.
The authenticity of this letter has been questioned in many quarters.
Express columnist Martin Samuel calls for government officials to refute the allegation, or for a Green Howard to confirm the claims.
Three cases of foot-and-mouth have been confirmed on Thursday (5 July), including two in North Yorkshire, and one in Cumbria.
The UK total now stands at 1814.
- The Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2001, page 13
- Daily Express, 6 July 2001, page 13
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