Residents will be outraged that Brent’s ruling Labour Executive took themselves to an all expenses paid Awayday to plan multi-million pound Budget cuts from a hotel in Buckinghamshire.
News shot around the Town Hall this week that Brent Labour have re-introduced their policy of holding “Awaydays” at Latimer Place in Chesham, instead of in Brent.
As one of their first moves to save Council Tax payers’ money on taking control of the Council in 2006, the Liberal Democrat leadership scrapped the expense of having the Executive and senior Council officers stay away in expensive Hotel venues. Under the Liberal Democrats, these meetings were held at Bridge Park Community Centre or the Council’s training centre in Wembley, without overnight stays.
Despite the financial crisis facing Brent, the Labour Administration has reinstated the more expensive and unnecessary stays – at a time when the Labour-run Council is complaining loudly about having to make cuts to services.
Brent Liberal Democrat Opposition Leader, Councillor Paul Lorber said:
” It is morally outrageous that the first decision of any consequence that Labour have made regarding their Budget is to spend days away at an expensive Hotel complex in order to set it.”
“This action completely undermines Labour’s credibility and their complaints about Government cuts.”
“Clearly Bridge Park is not good enough for the Labour councillors for Harlesden, Stonebridge or Kensal Green. It is totally irresponsible for Labour councillors to spend residents money on expensive hotels while cutting services for residents. Taxpayers’ money should not be wasted in this way, and this decision cannot be justified in any way.”
Information about Latimer Place in Chesham (formerly the Latimer House Hotel) can be found at: http://www.devere.co.uk/our-locations/latimer-place