How do you plan cuts? With an overnight trip to a luxury hotel of course

Labour-run Brent Council has hit the local and regional news for its decision to pay for 27 senior staff and Labour councillors to spend the weekend at a luxury country hotel – where they planned budget cuts.

The council is quite right that it is good management practice for senior teams every now and again to spend time together making longer term plans. Going to Latimer Place De Vere Hotel in Chesham, Buckinghamshire isn’t exactly the only way to do it though.

Councillor Paul Lorber, Brent Liberal Democrat opposition leader, told the local papers: “It is morally outrageous that the first decision that Labour have made regarding their budget is to spend days away at an expensive hotel in order to set it. This action completely undermines Labour’s credibility and their complaints about Government cuts.”

And Labour-run Brent Council’s planned sequel to all this? A return weekend trip in October.

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