Friday, 29 July 2011

Where is council cash being spent?

OPPOSITION Labour Group councillors have asked for more openness about who is spending what and where they are spending it following publications of details of the member’s budget.

Councillors on Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) are given a budget each to spend on local organisations to benefit the areas they represent, This year’s budget has doubled to £10,000 for each of the 75 councillors.

However, Labour councillor Ben Powell is worried about some of the items on the list. He said £2,500 was spent on 500 Royal Wedding commemorative mugs, which were distributed for free to residents in one small area just before the election.

My comment: I raised my concerns, about the danger of member's budgets being wrongly used to buy votes, two weeks ago 'Member's budgets could be used to buy votes at the taxpayer's expense'. 

Read the full story from the source Northwich Guardian

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