Sheffield Council ‘cash for croissants’ row
Figures obtained by opposition Liberal Democrat councillors show, in 2012-13, almost £40,000 was spent on hospitality – but in the first six months of 2013-14, £25,000 has already been spent.
Coun Andrew Sangar, opposition finance spokesman, said spending was 25 per cent higher than the previous year.
He said: “At a time when every penny counts, it’s difficult to understand why Labour members are increasing the amount they spend on coffee and croissants.
“Labour politicians claim they’ve been forced to close libraries, but it’s clear the same attitude doesn’t cover tightening their own belts.”
Up to 15 of Sheffield’s libraries face closure unless third parties take them over, as part of council cuts.
But Coun Bryan Lodge, Labour’s cabinet member for finance, hit back, saying some hospitality spending was by the city’s Lord Mayor, Coun Vickie Priestley – a Liberal Democrat.
He said: “Included is £500 to Bradfield Church for the Mayor’s Civic Service.
“Other spending has been on catering for volunteers and to recruit foster carers –not for councillors’ benefit.”