PRESS RELEASE FROM NORTHUMBERLAND LABOUR GROUP
Rescheduled meeting could cost taxpayer ‘in the region of £45,000
Labour are highlighting Conservative plans to ‘reinstate a controversial cancelled meeting’ could end up costing the county’s taxpayers ‘in the region of £45,000’, almost three times more expensive than the cancelled meeting. They point out that plans to hold a demonstration against the decision to reluctantly scrap post 16 free transport in the county cannot change the decision taken on 31 May and they’re accusing Northumberland’s Tories of ‘gesture politics’ as ConDem politicians have failed to put forward any savings that would match £3.3m savings from the policy decision.
Labour are accusing ConDem councillors and MP’s of ‘playing politics with taxpayers cash’ after it emerged that moves by Tory group leader Peter Jackson and Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman could land the council with a bill to reinstate a meeting that has no business to discuss. It is estimated a rescheduled meeting would cost in the region of £45,000.
A Labour group spokesperson said
“It’s almost like ConDems think there’s a money tree in Northumberland as their decision to play politics with the cancelled meeting could well end up costing each and every family £20 each. The council needs to make savings of £130m because of cuts supported by Mr Opperman and Mr Beith and yet they seem to be happy to use taxpayers cash to make a political point. Both Mr Opperman and Mr Beith enjoyed an extended 19 day break from the House of Commons last month because ‘the government had run out of business to discuss’ yet we didn’t hear a murmur from either party”.