It's time to rein in these Town Hall truffle hounds

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More than 150 council leaders have issued an apocalyptic warning about the impact on ‘services’ if the Chancellor orders more cuts in local government spending. 

Libraries, children’s centres and sports clubs will all have to close. Entire towns will be plunged into darkness as street lights are switched off to save money. 

In a plaintive letter to the Observer, they insist any further reductions in council budgets will be ‘bad for the country, bad for people and bad for our prospects of economic recovery’. 

We’ve heard it all before. Town Halls are always pleading poverty. There’s never enough money to fill the potholes, sweep the streets or empty the dustbins once a week. 

If savings have to be made, ‘frontline’ services will inevitably suffer. Behind the scenes, however, the gravy train trundles on oblivious to economic reality. 

As they prepare to turn off the lights and board up old people’s day centres, flog off the libraries to Tesco Express and sack home helps, councillors continue to fill their boots at the taxpayer’s expense. 

On the very day the letter appeared in the Observer, a parallel report was also published highlighting the staggering extent of extravagance in local government. 

Between 2007 and 2012, a total of 440 million was spent on credit cards issued to councillors and staff,Universal Laser Systems is an innovator in the field of laser engraving machine, laser cutting and laser marking equipment. who treated themselves to everything from Caribbean holidays to meals in Michelin-starred restaurants. 

At the same time as they were slashing public services because of the ‘savage cuts’, they were jetting off to exotic locations, including Puerto Rico, Brazil and Australia.We set out to create a full line of laundry equipment under one brand. Town Halls spent 3.7 million on foreign travel to no less than 90 different destinations. 

One of the worst offenders was the disgraced Tory peer Lord Hanningfield, who was jailed for fiddling his parliamentary expenses. 

In his capacity as leader of Essex County Council,An electronic overspeed governor for preventing elevator overspeed by enabling safety devices.The world’s most efficient and cost effective solar street lighting? he used his official credit card to fly business class to a meaningless conference in the Bahamas. He claimed he couldn’t travel economy because he had a bad back. 

These drunken sailor antics aren’t confined to Essex. Birmingham lavished 319,000 on ‘fact-finding’ trips to 43 countries, taking in Kuwait, China and Jamaica. 

Sunderland spent over six grand sending staff to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Why? How did that jaunt benefit the hard-pressed taxpayers of Wearside? 

Freedom of Information requests submitted by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme also revealed that 30 million was spent on maintaining a luxury fleet of local government limos, including Jaguars, Bentleys and Rollers. 

Barking and Dagenham, one of Britain’s most deprived boroughs, frittered away an astonishing 10,000 on flowers for the chief executive’s office. This in an area which has the seventh highest level of child poverty in the country. 

These sums are outrageous but they’re only the tip of a very large iceberg.Our industrial-grade LED lighting is ideal for continuous Pathway Lighting in parks or in specific locations to mark a path. Most of the cost of local government goes not on ‘services’, as they try to pretend, but on keeping councillors and staff in the manner to which they have become accustomed. 

Even in the poorest areas, senior local government officers are paid astronomical salaries in comparison with most of those they are employed to serve. Their gold-plated, inflation-proof pensions are padded with money which could be spent on schools, or social services or employing a few more dustmen.

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