As the recession bites, we’re all pulling our belts a notch tighter and battening down the hatches. In local government, our national politicians seem hell-bent on telling us how to run our council services and our budgets.
So it seems all the more ironic that Whitehall has spent over £137,000 on Christmas cards, decorations and parties in the last year. It seems that a series of Parliamentary questions by Phillip Hammond MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury revealed the worst transgressor as the Northern Ireland Office, who spent £40,000 of which £33,000 was spent on receptions and parties.
In the last decade, the Labour Government have increased the amount of locally collected Council tax which they keep centrally, from a quarter to a third. It’s reassuring to know they’re not wasting it – isn’t it?