‘Faulty’ figures for event bill

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SHEFFIELD Council and managers of the city’s leisure facilities have been accused of misleading the public about an Olympic event which lost £180,000.

The council had said it believed Sheffield International Venues lost £20,000 on the Sheftival sporting and cultural event which included a big screen showing action from the 2012 London Games.

But The Star has reported SIV’s annual accounts showed the loss was £180,000.

Jack Clarkson, Stocksbridge UKIP town councillor, who is part of the campaign against closure of the town’s leisure centre, called for an apology - after previously being told the £180,000 figure was wrong.

He said: “It appears SIV have not been forthcoming with these figures and, after months denying the loss, now decide to release the truth.”

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of Sheffield Council’s Liberal Democrat opposition group, agreed: “Clearly, the council haven’t been open and honest about the finances and it raises questions as to whether other costs have been misreported.

“It’s difficult for local people to have faith in the council when decisions are based on such faulty numbers.”

Andrew Snelling, deputy chief executive of SIV, said: “The accounts for Sheftival are complex, involving third parties, and have taken a while to finalise.”

Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance, said: “It costs money to hold events and I can understand why SIV wanted to bring the Olympics to Sheffield.

“It was a commercial decision at no cost to the council.”