Whilst I have been methodically going through Labour’s budget line-by-line Conservative group leader, Jason Stacey, is extensively quoted in today’s Sunday Express lambasting Labour’s choices.
Councillor Stacey said at least Â£13million was being lavished on pointless projects. These include spending Â£5.5million on a new car park in Southall, just yards from an existing one which is never filled to capacity.
A further Â£3.6million is being spent on upgrading computers and Â£1million on shaving a foot off the length of desks to squeeze in re-located housing staff.
â€œYou can understand why people are angry and upset,â€ said Councillor Stacey. â€œSpending millions on new computers can hardly be a priority when the day care centre is closing.
â€œHow can you justify the fact that the top three tiers of management, some 98 senior managers, keep their jobs when 400 people are facing redundancy?
â€œAs for spending Â£1million on desks, it seems nuts. It may not be a massive amount, but it is an example of the sort of decisions that are being made.â€