Council chiefs defend mayor’s £34,000 catering bill

Council chiefs have defended spending £34,000 in a year on mayoral catering costs.
South Tyneside Council’s mayor’s office used the cash to host 61 events held in the mayor’s name since July 2017, which works out at around £2,840 a month, Freedom of Information figures have revealed.
The current Mayor Coun Ken Stephenson took over the post from Coun Olive Punchion in May.
However, council bosses say that money is justified to celebrate civic pride.
A South Tyneside Council spokesperson said: “The Civic Party works tirelessly on behalf of all residents to celebrate civic pride, raise South... read more

 
26 September 2018 in Regional North East, Views: 44
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