The Leader of the Labour Group at Suffolk County Council has slammed the Conservative administration after it was revealed that £70,000 of taxpayers’ money has been spent on a fourteen-page report.
The report, entitled ‘Suffolk’s Strategic Housing Role’ and produced by the think tank ResPublica, cost the council £5,000 per page, a rate of £11 per word.
Cllr Sarah Adams, Leader of the Labour Group, described the threadbare report as a ‘bad joke’ saying that the council’s reputation and economic credibility had been undermined, once again.
Cllr Adams said: “To say that this report was disappointing would be a gross understatement. Leaving aside the significant cost to the taxpayer, it is devoid of any discernible substance or purpose.
It is true that this latest farce started as a Cllr Noble power grab, but instead of taking control of the situation, Cllr Hicks has simply rearranged the deckchairs of the Titanic.
At £5,000 a page, this report acts as a metaphor for the current Tory administration; inconsequential, directionless and profligate in the extreme.”
The Conservative party seem obsessed with wasting vast sums of money on vanity projects rather than concentrating on providing their core services.
They have turned the council into a laughing stock. Money and resources were thrown at Barley Homes without a single house being built. £8 million lost on the Upper Orwell Crossing white elephant. All the while funding has been slashed for our public services like the Citizens Advice with Suffolk’s residents paying the price for Tory incompetence and failure.
It is an absolute disgrace.”
The publication of the report follows the news that Suffolk County Council spent £95,000 on award ceremonies over the past three years, one of highest expenditures in the region.