Mayor’s banquet spending attacked as council jobs go

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COUNCIL chiefs have been criticised for spending almost £9,000 on a civic event when 200 jobs are being lost.

Rotherham Council spent £8,937 on its annual Mayor’s Banquet at Aston Hall Hotel, attended by 221 guests including councillors and their spouses.

The figures were obtained by campaigner Michael Sylvester, who is a supporter of the council’s independent group.

He said: “At a time of austerity, when Rotherham Council is slashing services and has cut 200 jobs, it is disgraceful they can find any money at all for a civic dinner.”

A spokeswoman for Rotherham Council said: “The event is a long-established non-political civic occasion which aims to foster good relations between the Mayor and the wider Rotherham community, including both the business and voluntary sector and other diginitaries and partner organisations.

“Those attending celebrated all that is good in Rotherham and this year’s event served as a launch for the Mayor’s fundraising.”