Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Council tax payers foot bill for huge increase in Mayor's army of staff

Hard-pressed council tax players across the region will be footing the bill for a huge increase in Mayor Andy Street’s office over the next 12 months

Councils across the region are meeting over the next few weeks to fix council tax levels for the forthcoming financial year – at the same time as the Mayor is quadrupling the size of his office!


Labour council leaders Ian Ward, George Duggins, Steve Eling, Roger Lawrence and Sean Coughlin blocking Andy Street’s plans for an even bigger hike in spending, official papers, Combined Authority papers show that the Mayor is currently spending £400,000 on his office, but that this will nearly quadruple to £1,500,000 by 2019.


Austin says the increase flies in the face of Andy Street’s election promises to “keep the costs of the Mayor’s office as low as possible and make sure that the Mayor’s office pays for itself.”


He said the Mayor should be spending the money getting homeless people off the streets or funding more apprenticeships for young people.


Ian Austin said:


“This is typical of the Tories: Andy Street promised he would keep the costs of his office down, but here he is quadrupling the size of his army of advisers.


“We’ve got homeless people dying on the streets and youth unemployment way above the national average so instead of hiring flunkeys and spin doctors, our Tory Mayor should be using every penny to tackle the scandal of rough sleeping and providing more apprenticeships for local youngsters.”



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